March 7, 2007

"The Japanese government is setting up another task force to tackle the difficult issue of work-life balance. Experts will come together to figure out how working hours can be effectively curbed."

It would be interesting, though, if the government set an example by modeling its own work policies on the findings of this report. Maybe then my Mombusho friend won't have to work until 5 AM, take a taxi home, ask the driver to wait while he runs inside for a shower and change, then hop back in the cab and head back to the office.

But here's the real talking stick from the article:

Work-life balance, however, is a completely loaded Western liberal concept because it creates a dichotomy between work and life - as if they are antagonizing forces.

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A web designer/developer by trade, Brian lived in Japan for 5 years and likes to think he knows something about that. He's most recently into talking about design, culture, typography, and web technology.