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June 22, 2018


The 64-year-old, an employee of the waterworks bureau in the western city of Kobe, was fined and reprimanded after he was found to have left his desk just three minutes before the start of his designated lunch break on 26 occasions over a seven-month period. Senior officials at the bureau then called a televised news conference, where they described the man’s conduct as “deeply regrettable” and bowed in apology.

(Thanks to Jim Kenaston)


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Would it have been OK if he had been at his desk, but reading Dave's blog? I'm asking for a friend.

@ChrisinVA: If no, I'm in big trouble.

He goofed off for a total of 78 minutes in seven months? I could do that in a day, easy. Without ever leaving this blog!

Last month, the lower house passed a bill that caps overtime at 100 hours a month in response to a rise in the number of employees dying from karoshi, or death from overwork.

They fined and formally reprimanded a 64 year-old for 1 hr 15 minutes because they deemed that he was failing to concentrate on his job. Thank goodness they've capped OT to 100 hours a month.
rolls eyes, sits back down on the geezer bus

I'll occasionally think about some job-related thing during a lunch break, though I guess that only counts for lawyers.

The Japanese Obento scandal.

Shocking and shameful.

Why can't the Japanese officials just be lecherous womanizers, like our degenerate officials? (I'm asking sarcastically, and rhetorically.)

Seriously, this was a bit "over-reacting." I wish we had a "clean government" party here, but I doubt it will ever happen. (The answer may be found in TV's Scandal.)

My first thought was why doesn't he just eat lunch at his desk? Then I realized that chopsticks, a mouse and touchscreen computer could get mixed up and cause all sort of interesting problems.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring the corpse of John Belushi as Samurai Waterworks Employee.

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