Japanese prime minister Sinzo Abe is now working on improving work environment in Japan. But Japanese weekly magazine Bunshun reported he regularly goes to ryotei “Kyoto Hyoki” letting employees work illegally without appropriate days off. Ryotei is a type of luxurious traditional Japanese restaurant.
Shinzo Abe is proceeding a project “working environment innovation”. He constituted a committee for the project and tries to increase the number of officers for checking working environment of Japanese companies. But weekly magazine Bunshun has reported that he usually goes to ryotei Kyoto Hyoki which forced employees to work without enough days off. He visited the ryotei twice in July 2017.
One of the employees took an interview from the magazine and he confessed that he was threatened by head chef. The chef said that there is no restaurant to hire him because of lack of skill or experience. So he couldn’t resign the job easily. Additionally the head chef sometimes hurt him due to his mistake and he got diagnose of bruise from a doctor.
The ryotei Kyoto Hyoki is run by STYLE-RANGE Inc. According to the magazine, all the 15 employees who started to work from last year have already resigned this company, and 5 out of 6 employees who joined this company this year also have been left this company as of August 2017.
This company told the employees that they can take 7 days off a month but they can only have 4 days off a month. And also one of the employees worked overtime maximamly for 350 hours a month but there weren’t additional payment. The one worked from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. Additinally a president of this company Issei Nakajima forced employees to take part in marathon race on thier days off because marathon is Nakajima’s favorite hobby.