Usually Diana and I agree on almost everything. Who we love, who we hate, what boots we covet, what Guitar Hero songs we like to rock, where to have sushi, how Twin Peaks was the best TV show of all time. The few things that we don’t see eye-to-eye on, like red shoes, the city of Boston, and where Weezer’s Blue Album fits into the rock canon, have only spawned spirited ongoing conversations (no, seriously) that force us to rethink and improve upon our own ideas. This is what makes a great partnership. So I was happy to see our synchronicity and our differences at work when we posted at the same time about the Japanese company that’s giving its employees “heartache leave” after they’ve experienced a messy breakup.
I agree with Diana that this is good news, since Japan is well-known for its hypercompetitive work culture, where karoshi, or death from overwork, is a real problem, overtime pay a luxury, and where one in three men between the ages of 30 and 40 works 60 hours a week.
But granting ONE TO THREE DAYS OFF to cure, as Billy Ray “Miley’s Dad” Cyrus would say, an achy breaky heart?!?
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