Japan's New Holiday


Looking for an excuse to take a day off? One country is creating its own.

The Japanese government just created its 16th official national holiday. Beginning on August 11th 2016; workers will be given the day off for “Mountain Day.” A day designed to give people the chance to appreciate the country's mountain ranges.

And while that seems like an unusual way to spend a day; Japan’s government says it doesn't have a choice. It says the population is overworked and refuses to put a dent in its government mandated vacation time. According to the Wall Street Journal the average Japanese worker only uses 8.6 of their vacation days a year.

And it's not the only country working itself to the bone. U.S. workers only spend an average of ten of their fourteen paid days. But the extra effort might not be paying off. France has the largest amount of vacation time for any industrialized country and one of the highest productivity rates.

Economists say working more hours isn't beneficial if people are worn out. Sometimes a little time off, pays off.