Japan is backing an to ease the on workers and at the same time boost consumer . The is called "Premium Friday". Japan's government said workers would be encouraged to leave work on the last Friday of month to relax and/or go shopping. Around 130 companies across Japan are participating, many major employers. Doubters are unsure whether the scheme will succeed or because of the legendary nature of Japanese workers. A spokesman told reporters: "It will take time for Premium Friday to take ."
Premium Friday was partly prompted by the of a man who was continually told to work overtime at an ad agency. A court said the suicide was "death by ". It stressed the need to address the problem of . Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promoted the campaign by leaving the early for a meditation at 3:30 p.m. The government said it was for both the government and the private to make workers feel comfortable in leaving . However, many workers said they would have to work on Saturdays to finish their work.