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Hardworking Slackers at the Desk

12 Jan

Mutant Frog Travelogue‘s Joe Jones and Observing Japan‘s Noah Smith have now started some fireworks in a debate about work habits in Japan – and, by way of anecdote, I have to say, ROK.

Although I’ve seen my share of game-playing PCs on desks and witnessed two hour lunches while boarding in a South Korean motel, I have to agree with MFT commenter Charles, that, without good stats, both Smith’s and Jones’s arguments ring ethnocentric. It’s just not clear if Jones is even straight when he argues that dysfunctional marriages cause long hours at work. Yet, as in ROK, it’s certainly a joke.

Or, could it be that Tokyo’s ministries encourage Japanese businesses to employ even marginally productive workers for long hours to maintain the appearance of a fully-employed national economy.

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