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Japan: Ministry urges two-week vacation

Japan’s government has released a new guideline on working hours aimed at helping workers use more of their vacation time, including taking holidays lasting around two weeks.

According to a ministry survey last year, workers in Japan took an average of 8.5 vacation days in 2008, or 47.4 percent of the average 18 days available to them.

The government is seeking to raise the percentage to 60 percent by 2012 and 100 percent in 2017.