Japanese workers take the least paid vacation among several countries in the world, a recent survey by Expedia, an Internet-based travel agency in the United States, has revealed.
Questionnaire: 8 Countries in Europe and North America. The survey was conducted online among men and women aged 16 and over from March to August this year, and about 4,000 people responded.
Japanese Annual Average Paid Vacation: 8 days
Countries with Most Vacation Time: France (34 days), Italy and Spain (27days)
Why Japanese employees can’t take more holidays?
– “Too busy with work”
– “Their bosses and colleagues have yet to take their paid leave”
What countermeasures should be introduced to deal with the problem?
“Managers should encourage workers to take more paid holidays.” The survey has underscored the importance of creating an environment that makes it easy for employees to take paid leave.
Source: Japanese only take average of 8 days paid vacation a year (Mainichi)