AIAS Lunch Seminar 10 September - Eiko Kenjoh

Long Working Hours and Work Life Balance in Japan

Eiko Kenjoh, Associate professor, Asia University, Tokyo

h4. Abstract

The Japanese Work-Life Balance Charter was signed in December 2007. This Charter stresses the importance of the balance between work and life against the background of the situation in which many corporate employees are overworked and do not have enough time for family or other activities. Indeed, the proportion of workers working 50 hours or more per week in Japan is substantially larger than in other industrialized countries.

This study analyses long working hours in Japan employing the 12th to 15th Survey on Work and Life of Workers. This survey is conducted twice a year by the Japanese Trade Union Confederation and spans the period from October 2006 to April 2008 and the resulting database contains detailed information on both objective and subjective measures of work and job characteristics. The paper shows for full-time workers that when people actually work longer hours, they are less likely to report that they are satisfied with their work-life balance. Moreover, for those people the wish for shortening working hours increases. The econometric analysis links working 50 hours or more per week to personal and occupational characteristics. The main results confirm priors on Japanese work practices, namely that married males are more likely to work 50 hours or more when compared to women or single men other things being equal. Also, regular workers are more likely to work long hours compared to non-regular workers. Heavier workload and lack of freedom on the timing to take paid holiday are also contributing to long working hours.

Dag: Donderdag 10 september
Tijd: 12.15 – 13.15 uur
Locatie: AIAS, 3e verdieping gebouw M, Plantage Muidergracht 12
Inschrijven: Stuur ons een e-mail vóór woensdag 9 september 12.00 uur.
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