INTAGE Co., Ltd. conducted a post-project survey on "Premium Friday" which started on Friday, February 24, 2017.
INTAGE interviewed 2,235 people who live in Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa, Chiba.
Those who actually returned home early were 3.7% of the workers.
Those people left the office at 3pm.
The rate of implementation is proportional to the size of the company.
In companies of "less than 500 people" more than 90% did not take part.
That day most people who left early spent their free time "at home".
The initiative, which was drawn up by the industry ministry and the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, calls for finishing work early on the last Friday of every month and enjoying dining, shopping and weekend trips.
But, workers get time only and I think that it will not lead to consumption unless they raise wages.
I think it will take more than 10 years for this initiative to be realized.
My Taiwanese friend Mr. Yu and his family came to Shizuoka from January 29 to February 2.
My wife and I went to Shizuoka on January 31 to see them and stayed overnight.
We stayed at the same hotel as them.
It’s the Hotel Century Shizuoka in front of Shizuoka Station.
My wife and I ate Japanese soba soon after arriving at the station.
It tasted very good.
After that we went to the Suruga Castle Park (Suruga-jyo Koen).
And, we met the Yu family at 5 pm. Then all of us went to a restaurant that serves game fowl for dinner.
It was the worst restaurant I have ever been to.
The shop’s name is the Shamo Nojo(軍鶏農場).
I don't recommend this shop.
I wanted to have a delicious meal in Shizuoka.
I was disappointed.
But, we saw the beautiful sea and Mt. Fuji the next day.
This is breakfast on February 1.
After breakfast we went to Nihon Daira and Mt. Kuno Toshogu.
Climbing the staircase at Toshogu was very hard.
One step is about 30 cm.
Kuno-zan Toshogu Shrine is the primary great shrine among the Toshogu shrines around the country, who enshrine the Shogun (general) Ieyasu Tokugawa.
Because his highness Ieyasu Tokugawa overcame all kinds of difficulties, he is respected as a deity who is worshiped for safety for the family, protection against danger, health and longevity and academic success.
The pavilion was built with state of arts technology and the highest level of artistry of the era, and was designated a national treasure in December 2010.
I was very tired because I have not traveled lately.
Perhaps I will not travel abroad from now on.
I am no longer young enough to push myself too hard.
After that we took afternoon tea at the Nihondaira Hotel.
The view from the hotel was so nice.
The afternoon tea at the Nihondaira Hotel.
We parted with them at Shizuoka Station.
It was a fun trip. I enjoyed seeing Mr. Yu and his family.