Attention: Hurry Up and Relax

Encouraged by their companies to vacation, Japanese are grappling with working very hard at having fun

Mtoshi Yamada, 43, a Japanese construction executive, has big plans for the next 10 years. He wants to pass six certifying exams in such diverse fields as health and real estate, read 480 books and buy some land to build a home. After that, he intends to bicycle around the world, go to art school and volunteer his services to a government-sponsored Peace Corps for the elderly. In fact, Yamada's schedule is chock full until 2018, when he plans to buy a grave. All this meticulous planning is his way of relaxing: once a self- described workaholic, Yamada was forced by...

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