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Japanese Company Offers Paid Leave For Employees Grieving Retiring Pop Stars

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Japanese Company Offers Paid Leave For Employees Grieving Retiring Pop Stars

It's always tough when one of your favourite singers, actors or entertainers quits the stage, but one company in Japan is willing to give paid leave to employees grieving the retirement of their favourite stars.

The president of Hiroro Inc. revealed that if a member of staff was feeling particularly sad about a pop star quitting their group, he would allow them to take time off to grieve the loss.

Japanese idol group AKB48 in 2020. Credit: PA
Japanese idol group AKB48 in 2020. Credit: PA

The president of the company - who uses the Twitter username @itaru9Z - shared a tweet stating: "It's been decided that an employee's favourite idol will graduate, so the company has added a congratulation or condolence leave clause to its work rules."

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The new clause refers to the 'graduation' of a star, referring to the moment when a member departs from the group they have performed in.

The clause goes on to point out that staff will be allowed to take 10 days paid leave if their favourite star leaves, and three days paid leave if their 'second favourite' goes.

On top of that, additional recovery days can be added in the case of emotional or mental damage to the employee.

This might sound extreme, but it makes sense when you consider the Samaritans set up a helpline to counsel distraught fans when Take That split up in 1996, in response to the severe reaction.

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Japanese idol group Kanjani. Credit: PA
Japanese idol group Kanjani. Credit: PA

The reason for the decision to offer this to people working for Hiroro Inc. is that the company works within a variety of entertainment-based ventures.

Hiroro Inc. holds live events and has also produced a photobook of singer Kanna Murata.

According to Yahoo News, @itaru9Z said: "I just talked to the employee in question and they were in a state of depression that I felt really bad for, so I realised that this system is absolutely necessary for [young people] to work."

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This comes after it was revealed how a boss in Leeds, West Yorkshire, decided to give all staff a day off on every pay day - meaning 12 more days of annual leave.

Credit: LinkedIn
Credit: LinkedIn

Operations Director Alan Turner took to LinkedIn to announce the kind gesture. He said: "So, after a chat with some of our team we decided to do something awesome with our employee contracts with immediate effect.

"Feedback has been hugely positive and I'm excited to share it.

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"From now, Knoxx are going to give all of our staff... Pay day off - EVERY MONTH.

"We pay our staff on the last Friday of every month so this now means that our staff are getting an EXTRA 12 days holiday per annum to enjoy a long weekend.

"Fully paid. On us. Yep. Every. Month."

Where can I apply...?!?

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Topics: Community, Weird, Japan

Rebecca Shepherd
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