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    Japanese Employees Sit in a Room Instead of Getting Fired

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    Because of Japanese labor laws and cultural customs, workers at big corporations in Japan, like Sony, are being put in rooms to await assignment instead of being fired.

    Because of Japanese labor laws and cultural customs, workers at big corporations in Japan, like Sony, are being put in rooms to await assignment instead of being fired.
    Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is trying to pass legislation to change the labor practices and make the country’s economy more streamlined by allowing companies to lay off workers, rather than keeping unnecessary employees on the pay roll.

    It is customary in Japan for people to work well into their old age and, while not illegal, it is socially taboo for employers to fire workers.

    So employees whose jobs have been eliminated or outdated are choosing to show up for work everyday instead of taking early retirement offers, resulting in reduced hiring opportunities especially for younger workers when compared with hiring levels before the Japanese economy faltered in the early 1990’s.

    Economists suggest that labor reform would allow Japanese companies to better compete in a global marketplace.

    The so called Career Design Rooms are reportedly used as a way to make the employee feel worthless and ashamed so that they quit.