World stops!For the fifth time this year, absolutely nothing happened throughout the world yesterday as Japan's newspapers took yet another publishing holiday.
This unbelievable phenomenom occurs once a month in Japan when all sources of print news except for sports newspapers- of which there are many- just don't appear.
One might assume that struggling "old" media companies don't want to pay penalty rates for forcing staff to work on public holidays, however this argument falls flat on two accounts. Firstly, half of the "newspaper holidays" fall nowhere near public holidays, and I have never heard of any company in Japan paying penalty rates, EVER.
Apparenlty the idea of split shifts is too complicated for Japanese companies to grasp and delivery personnel only get one day off a month.