TOKYO – Work rules vary in generosity from nation to nation. Japan's rules aren't tough but its situation is almost unique. Workers don't take off the days they are entitled to because of a mindset that beatifies long hours.
PAID VACATION DAYS A YEAR
Japan: As many as 20 days, but workers tend not to take them off.
US: None stipulated by overall law and depends on the job contract.
Great Britain: As many as 28 days, on average 20 days.
France: As many as 30 days, on average 25 days.
Germany: 24 days or more for those on jobs for more than six months, on average 20 days.
South Korea: As many as 25 days.
AVERAGE WORK HOURS A YEAR
South Korea: 2,163
Great Britain: 1,669
WORKERS CLOCKING MORE THAN 49 HOURS A WEEK
South Korea: 35.4 percent.
Japan: 21.7 percent.
US: 16.4 percent.
Great Britain: 12.3 percent.
France: 10.8 percent.
Germany: 10.5 percent.
Europe: For every 24 hours of work, entitled to at least 11 straight hours off work.
South Korea: None.
Sources: Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare; International Labour Organization.