As a tourist in Japan, you can experience the work ethic in Japan from the outside. One of the most common compliments Japan gets from foreigners is how nice and hardworking the workers appear. This is true, as the workers are doing what is expected of them. If you go into a store or restaurant you will see how polite and efficient the workers are. They will always greet you with a smile and make sure they have served you well. They are willing to go above and beyond for a customer if it's something they can control. That's why tipping in Japan is considered rude and not allowed. The workers are not trying to get anything out of being nice to customers, they are only doing what is expected of them.
|Working at McDonald's is a very popular part-time job in Japan. The cashiers always great you with a smile.|
|Food stalls outside of Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan.|
But Japan is not perfect, especially when it comes to their work ethic. There should always be a limit to how much work you should do. Japan has a reputation of overworking, with working from the early mornings to the late nights. It is acceptable and common for a to go into work early in the morning and not get back home until 9pm. And you may have heard of Japanese office workers taking a nap at their desk, but this is only done because of the extreme hours they work on a daily basis. The sad reality is that some people are so overworked that they commit suicide. This issue has been discussed and some Japanese companies have recently been improving their employee's hours to avoid such tragedies.
Depending on your already existing work ethic, Japan may or may not be the best place for you to work. You will definitely want to consider all the possibilities before jumping into anything. I hope this blog has help those of you wanting to work in Japan. And I hope this was knowledgeable to those of you just waning to learn more about Japan. Thank you for reading my blog.
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