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February 13, 1989 | SAM JAMESON, Times Staff Writer
For years, the Japanese government has been urging employers to give their workers more time off. Now it is taking its own admonition to heart. Beginning in January, government offices started closing two Saturdays a month as a first step toward adopting the five-day week. And this month, in the biggest step Japan has taken toward a shorter work week, all financial institutions, including the Tokyo Stock Exchange, eliminated Saturday operations altogether.
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December 26, 1996 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bring on the presents--but not for Japanese bureaucrats. A string of blockbuster bribery and corruption scandals has put a chill on the traditional custom of businesses sending posh year-end gifts to their regulators. With the symbiotic relationships between Japanese politicians, bureaucrats and businesses under scrutiny as never before and "bureaucrat bashing" approaching the status of a national sport, the once-haughty bureaucracy is keeping a low profile.
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December 26, 1996 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bring on the presents--but not for Japanese bureaucrats. A string of blockbuster bribery and corruption scandals has put a chill on the traditional custom of businesses sending posh year-end gifts to their regulators. With the symbiotic relationships between Japanese politicians, bureaucrats and businesses under scrutiny as never before and "bureaucrat bashing" approaching the status of a national sport, the once-haughty bureaucracy is keeping a low profile.
BUSINESS
February 13, 1989 | SAM JAMESON, Times Staff Writer
For years, the Japanese government has been urging employers to give their workers more time off. Now it is taking its own admonition to heart. Beginning in January, government offices started closing two Saturdays a month as a first step toward adopting the five-day week. And this month, in the biggest step Japan has taken toward a shorter work week, all financial institutions, including the Tokyo Stock Exchange, eliminated Saturday operations altogether.
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