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Japan worker’s pay docked for taking lunch three mins early

JAPAN: A Japanese city official has been reprimanded and fined for repeatedly leaving his desk during work hours – but only for around three minutes to buy lunch.

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By AFP

Thursday 21 June 2018, 02:46PM


Office workers cross a street during their lunch-time break in central Tokyo. Photo: AFP

Office workers cross a street during their lunch-time break in central Tokyo. Photo: AFP

The official, who works at the waterworks bureau in the western city of Kobe, began his designated lunch break early 26 times over the space of seven months, according to a city spokesman.

“The lunch break is from noon to 1 pm. He left his desk before the break,” the spokesman said today (June 21).

The official, 64, had half a day’s pay docked as punishment and the bosses called a news conference to apologise.

“It’s deeply regrettable that this misconduct took place. We’re sorry,” a bureau official told reporters, bowing deeply.

The worker was in violation of a public service law stating that officials have to concentrate on their jobs, according to the bureau.

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The news sparked a heated debate on Japanese social media, with many defending the official.

“It’s sheer madness. It’s crazy. What about leaving your desk to smoke?” said one Twitter user.

“Is this a bad joke? Does this mean we cannot even go to the bathroom?” said another.

The city had previously suspended another official in February for a month after he had left his office numerous times to buy a ready-made lunch box during work hours.

The official was absent a total of 55 hours over six months, according to the city.

 

 

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