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Labor law in Japan regulate the time workers can work, which is within 40 hours and are given a day off in a week. Most companies decide their employee's work time as eight hours per day, five days per week. However managers and workers who have particular skills are excluded in this rule because they are allowed to determine their own work time.
In the last ten years, there has been a problem whereby employers or managers make their employees work more hours than specified by the law. There have been severe cases where they have made their workers work more than hundred hours in a month. Some workers have killed themselves due to tiredness caused by exhaustion. So we and the mass media are very angry with the offender companies. The bereaved families also accused them of causing too much stress on their workers who killed themselves. Thanks to raising their voice , the situation appears to be getting a bit better, but it has not improved quite enough yet.
Many companies in Japan face the problem of a shortage of workers because of the decreasing birthrate and aging population. But just because of that, companies must not break the law. By the way, how many hours do you or can you work per week?
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