Executives at a major Japanese food manufacturer have offered staff a cut in working hours for the same basic pay.
Managers and union officials at Ajinomoto are likely to shake hands on the proposal, which aims to improve the work-life balance of employees.
Union leaders told NHK that management offered to shorten the working day by 20 minutes, for the same basic pay.
If agreed, the deal would see staff work 80 hours a year fewer from April next year.
Company officials say they will now study reforms aimed at discouraging overtime while raising productivity.
Source and image: NHK