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Leave work early one Friday each month

Let’s leave the office earlier than usual to have fun on the last Friday of a month!

The government and business organizations are calling for many companies to start a campaign called “Premium Friday” in February.

Employees can leave their office at 3 p.m. that day. By finishing their work early, workers can make time to go shopping or eat out with family or friends. The campaign is aimed at revitalizing the economy by encouraging workers to spend money during that time. In addition, “karoshi,” or death by excessive work, has been a problem recently, and the campaign looks to prevent people from overdoing things on the job.

In light of the “Premium Friday” campaign, some shopping districts are planning events such as a walk-and-eat tour. Tour companies also expect an increase in the number of people who plan to travel on these weekends.


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