Japan Unleashes Its Inner Slacker: Leave Work Early (Once a Month)

TOKYO—Friday was a strange day for the head of Japan’s most important business group. Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of the Japan Business Federation, left the office at two in the afternoon, donned a plum-colored sport jacket and headed out to a ... ( read original story ...)

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