From Japan Today
People in Japan who start work before 8 a.m. on weekdays are increasing, with the portion rising to 20% in 2015 from 13% in 2000, a survey by a research unit of public broadcaster NHK showed Wednesday.
“More people in the prime of their working life, such as those in their 40s, go to bed early on weekdays and a wide range of age groups, including the younger generation, wake up early. It seems that the whole society is becoming more active in the morning,” an official of the NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute said.
While people working early in the morning increased, the percentage working between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. are on the decline, the survey found.
Also, people who go out to eat and drink with their bosses or colleagues for workplace bonding decreased to 6% in 2015 from 7% in 2010 and 10% in 1995.
The survey showed weekday working hours averaged 7 hours and 28 minutes in 2015, little changed from 2010. However, 23% of people regularly worked more than 10 hours, little changed since 2000.
The NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute has conducted such a survey every five years since 1960.
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