Monday, January 26, 2009

Japan to workers: Go home and make babies

TOKYO, Japan (CNN) -- Even before one reaches the front door of Canon's headquarters in Tokyo, one can sense the virtual stampede of employees pouring out of the building exactly at 5:30 p.m. In a country where 12-hour workdays are common, the electronics giant has taken to letting its employees leave early twice a week for a rather unusual reason: to encourage them to have more babies.

Japan's birth rate of 1.34 is below the level needed to maintain the country's population.


1 comment:

Euripides said...

The Japanese seem to understand that the future of their country lies in the children. Why can't our country's government see that? Can we ask Nancy Pelosi?