Japan's government has backed an to ease the on Japanese workers and boost consumer spending. The new is called "Premium Friday". A spokesperson from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said the campaign would encourage workers to leave work earlier on the Friday of each month to relax and/or go shopping. Around 130 companies across Japan have signed up to participate in the initiative, many major employers. Skeptics are unsure whether the scheme will succeed or because of the infamous nature of Japanese workers. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters: "It will take for Premium Friday to take ."
The idea for Premium Friday was prompted by the de of an employee who was continually required to work excessive at the ad agency Dentsu. A court ruled the suicide was "death by " and stressed the need to address what is a problem in Japan - overworking. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is leading by . He promoted the campaign by leaving the early for a meditation session at a Tokyo at 3:30 p.m. Mr Suga said it was essential for both the government and the private to create an atmosphere where workers feel comfortable in leaving early. However, many workers said they would just have to work on Saturdays to finish their work.