This Japanese company is offering nonsmokers extra vacation days

03 November, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Hope Soto
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The rollout of the new benefit comes as other companies in Japan grapple with how to encourage their own workers to make healthier choices and as the government faces global pressure to crack down on public smoking before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Non-smokers always talk about the extra time smokers take off from work, which they are deprived.

"But at the same time, it's true that smoking room conversations are mostly about work they exchange ideas and consult each other".

Following a staff suggestion, marketing firm Piala has been offering its 120 staff the added days since September as a reward for ditching tobacco.

Piala Inc.'s CEO Takao Asuka resolved the issue, by giving employees who don't smoke the six days holiday to be used throughout the year as a way to compensate for the time, reports Fox 8 Cleveland.

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The company's corporate planning director, Hirotaka Matsushima - a non-smoker himself - said the scheme was "pretty popular". According to the World Health Organization, Japanese men are three times more likely to smoke than Japanese women. The figure is higher among males and older generations.

Many Japanese firms are encouraging their workers to quit smoking, especially as the 2020 Summer Olympics draw near. However, in Japan, smoking is banned at work places and a common smoking room is constructed for employees to smoke only in that common room.

Japan lags behind other developed nations in terms of smoke-free policies and the social pressure to quit is less intense.

In Japan, while smoking is allowed in restaurants and bars without any designated smoking area, it is banned on the streets.

Broader antismoking efforts in the country have been met with resistance, despite pressure from worldwide groups like the World Health Organization to make the Tokyo Olympics a smoke-free event.


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