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Company will give non-smoking employees 6 extra days off

Company will give non-smoking employees 6 extra days off

The rollout of the new benefit comes as other companies in Japan grapple with how to encourage their own workers to make healthier choices and as the government faces global pressure to crack down on public smoking before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

A 2016 report examining karoshi cases and their cause of death found that more than 20% of people in a survey of 10,000 Japanese workers said they worked at least 80 hours of overtime a month.

Some nonsmoking employees had complained they were working more than their colleagues who stepped out for a cigarette, according to The Telegraph. "The company is willing to take an even tougher anti-smoking measure in the future", said a public relations officer.

Employees used to think it was unfair that smokers "spend about 15 minutes each for a cigarette break", he told CNNMoney.

"We don't give punishment for smoking", Matsushima said.

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"I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion", Asuka told the Japan Times.

Overall, smoking is still quite prevalent in Japan, with nearly 20 percent of over-20-year-olds saying they smoke.

According to the World Health Organisation, 21.7 per cent of Japanese adults smoke. The decrease in American smokers is due in part to health initiatives and laws banning smoking in certain areas, major retailers no longer selling cigarettes and anti-smoking TV advertisements. "Without doing anything, (nonsmokers') vacation increases by six days".

That may change as the government tries to crack down on public smoking ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But curbing tobacco use in Japan will likely be hard, as it was in the U.S. Original efforts by the country's health ministry to ban indoor smoking in restaurants were scaled back after lobbyists pressured politicians.

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