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Japan's Rethinking Its Culture of Long Work Hours

  • Nation’s view on overtime changing, now seen as inefficient
  • Flexible working practices could increase labor productivity
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Japan is stepping up its drive to pressure companies into abandoning a culture of long working hours.

Prosecutors this week began reviewing whether Mitsubishi Electric Corp. forces its employees to work excessive hours -- a move that follows an investigation of Dentsu Inc., Japan’s biggest advertisement agency, where a female worker who put in more than 100 hours of overtime in a month committed suicide.