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Feb 23, 2017

Premium Friday Japan - Is it for everyone?

Premium Friday is where we get to leave work early (3pm?) on the last Friday of the month. I've seen some news articles about it, and I think I've seen travel company ads on trains telling me how to spend this 'long weekend'. However, no one at work has said anything about it. Is it mandatory? Can I just get up and leave at 3pm on that particular Friday? Anyone heard anything?

SalarymanJim

SalarymanJim

A foreign salaryman in Japan, documenting life from somewhere near 'salaryman town' Shimbashi, Tokyo. Way out of my depth!

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7 Answers


  • Louiseyd

    on Feb 23

    It is not mandatory- it is a scheme designed to make it easier for people to take time off work, but not legally enforceable in any way. It is up to each company to introduce it into their workplace. If you haven't heard anything about it at work, that means that you certainly shouldn't just get up and leave! If you want to take time off, it will most likely have to come out of your own annual leave, unless your company is amazing and will give it to you for "free". Certain companies are using it as an excuse to offer products or experiences. In Kobe, for example, the Rokko Snow Park is offering free ski and clothing rental to people who come after 4pm on Premium Fridays, until March at least, to encourage people to spend their time there. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/02/national/bid-curb-long-working-hours-ministry-plans-roll-premium-friday-campaign/#.WK5JRdJ97Dc

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  • Saitama

    on Feb 23

    I know my husband won't get it, but then again he is self-employed. ;-) I am watching it with interest though. They interviewed people on the street the day it was introduced, about their thoughts, and there was such mixed reviews. One thing that stood out for me most was comments that it isn't much to use to some, because they still have to do the work so will have to stay later other nights or go in on a Saturday which would defeat the purpose. I like to think there will be at least some people who will benefit from it.

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  • SalarymanJim

    on Feb 23

    @Louiseyd Thanks. Yes, I heard it was a scheme to reinvigorate the economy; get people out and spending money. I guess I'll ask around the office and see what people are saying (even if we do get it, I can't see people leaving early anyway).

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  • SalarymanJim

    on Feb 23

    @Saitama Yea, these are some of the reactions to it that I'd thought would be the case. Any how, if they introduce it to my place, I'd like to think I'll be one of those people leaving at 3 pm on the dot!!!

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  • Ashes

    on Feb 24

    I was holidaying in Australia over Christmas and this scheme actually made the international news.

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  • DaveJpn

    on Feb 24

    There's been no mention of it where I work, and I can't see them implementing it in any case (at my place of work).

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  • Jackson

    on Feb 24

    I've heard absolutely nothing about that at my line of work. Public schools aren't going to shorten their Friday schedule (when they are trying to get kids to go to school on Saturdays too), so no luck for teachers either about Fridays (or any day-offs in general!)

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