Tokyo may be the most ‘overworked’ city – but there are ways to measure how hard a city works. Earlier this year the Japanese government introduced a law limiting legal overtime work to 45 hours a month, with an extension of up to 100 hours a month in busy periods for a maximum of six months a year. But many remain doubtful it will rein in Japan’s toxic overwork culture.
Gearing up to accept more foreign workers under a pair of new visas launched earlier this month, Japan held its first qualifying exam Sunday for applicants in the country. The exam, which took place at several locations across Japan, focused on checking the knowledge and skills required to work in the country’s hotel industry.