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Japan’s Panasonic Joins Global Trend Toward Four-Day Week

  • Staff can do side jobs, volunteer on days off: Panasonic CEO
  • Just over 8% of Japanese firms allow four-day weeks: survey
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Panasonic Corp. is introducing an optional four-day work week, one of a small but growing number of Japanese companies joining the global trend to encourage a good work-life balance.

Employees of the Osaka-based electronics conglomerate can take up side jobs and spend time on local volunteer work on their extra days off, Chief Executive Officer Yuki Kusumi said in an investor briefing last week.