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Japanese Companies Shorten Workdays So Employees Can Procreate

Canon and some 1,300 other companies in Japan are forcing their employees to leave work early twice a week in an attempt to encourage them to go home and make babies. The country has one of the world’s lowest birth rates in the world, well below what is needed to maintain its population. Some think 12-hour workdays are to blame, which is why companies are forcing workers out of the office twice a week by turning off the lights and heat. Unfortunately for employees, it also means they’re making less money in overtime hours and therefore have smaller incomes to pay for said babies.

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