Japan’s working culture has a reputation like no other, with long days and little time off being common features. But as Gen Yers start to become the dominant members of the workforce, how will attitudes to overwork shift towards an environment that offers flexibility and a better work-life balance?
Professor Hiroshi Ono is professor at the Hitotsubashi University Business School, where he teaches the MBA course in human resource management.
Adalet Snyman lived and worked in Japan between 2018 and 2020. She teaches English as a second language and is a freelance copywriter.
Sarah Drumm is a freelance journalist covering small businesses, start-ups, and new consumer brands. She is a contributor to Canvas8 and published a report on the popularity of direct-to-consumer brand communities for Thingtesting.
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