World Japan A Japanese worker caught taking lunch three minutes early on 26 occasions over a seven-month period was punished by his bosses who then held a televised news conference to apologize for his “deeply regrettable” behavior. The bizarre incident highlights Japan’s ruthless attitude to work at a time when the country is trying to change its culture after a number of deaths and suicides linked to what is called “karoshi,” or death by overwork. For his transgression of leaving to buy a lunchtime bento at 11:57 a.m. instead of noon, the allotted time his hour-long break begins each day, the unnamed 64-year-old official at the Kobe City Waterworks Bureau had half a day’s pay docked, The Japan Times reported. At a press conference called over what happened, waterworks bureau executives bowed deeply in apology. They said he had broken a public service law obliging officials to concentrate on their work. Recommended Slideshows 51 In Pictures: The 50 Most Powerful Military Forces in the World 61 Every World Press Photo Winner Ever: 60 Images That Define Our World 51 The World’s Most Expensive Cities for a Cup of Coffee A Japanese worker was punished and shamed in a TV apology… Read full this story
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