Work threatens vacation plans? Try a workation

Trend catching on in Japan, where a culture of overworking has come under fire

Japan Airlines employee Yoshimasa Higashihara took advantage of the firm's "workation" policy when he visited Singapore for six days last year, a stretch that included a working day.
Japan Airlines employee Yoshimasa Higashihara took advantage of the firm's "workation" policy when he visited Singapore for six days last year, a stretch that included a working day.PHOTO: COURTESY OF YOSHIMASA HIGASHIHARA

Mr Yoshimasa Higashihara, an assistant human resources manager, swopped his work desk in Tokyo for a view of the sprawling Singapore city skyline for one day last year.

Working out of a cafe near Raffles Place, the Japan Airlines (JAL) employee prepared documents for an upcoming corporate event back home. JAL is one of Japan's first companies to endorse the concept of "workation", which combines work and holiday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 07, 2019, with the headline 'Work threatens vacation plans? Try a workation'. Subscribe