Japan’s notoriously workaholic employees are unhappy about the looming ten-day holiday to mark the abdication of Emperor Akihito after 30 years on the Chrysanthemum Throne.
A series of special holidays to mark Akihito’s stepping-down – and the presumed coronation of his son Crown Prince Naruhito on May 1 – will combine with the annual ‘Golden Week’ of four public holidays into a ten-day break.
But a survey by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper found 45 per cent of citizens ‘felt unhappy’ about getting a week-and-half off, with only 35 per cent saying they ‘felt happy.’
Some said they would have nowhere to go for a break, while others said they were so busy that they would still have to go to work.
And working parents were also unhappy about having to make alternative childcare arrangements
‘For parents in the service sector, the ten days of holiday is a headache. After-school care, nurseries – everything is closed,’ one tweeted.
Pizzeria worker Takeru Jo, 46, said: ‘I won’t be able to take days off. On the contrary, we’ll be super-busy.’
‘To be honest, I don’t know how to spend the time when we are suddenly given 10 days of holidays,’ finance worker Seishu Sato, 31, complained.
‘If you want to go traveling, it’s going to be crowded everywhere and tour costs have surged… I might end up staying at my parents’ place.’