Japanese company gives paid vacation to attend idol concerts, e-sport tournaments, other fan events

The boss says Oshi kyuka will be good for the employees and the customers they serve.

Over the past few years, the word “Oshi” caught in Japan. Originally meaning “support”, it is now used to describe a favorite fictional character or performer in the real world, such as an anime character, or an idol singer.

Another thing we notice in Japan is the greater appreciation for the importance of work-life balance, and so on Next month, a company in Sapporo will start introducing uchi kyoka to its employeesspecial paid vacation days they can take for oshi-related activities such as attending concerts or fan events.

The system is implemented in Arisu Hoikuen, a day care center in Nishi Ward in Sapporo. Childcare is a busy business, and Arisu is open from morning to night not only during the week, but on weekends and holidays as well. However, overwork is not good for the workers or the children who take care of them, he says Masashi EndoArisu manager. “The work our people do takes a lot of energy, so I’ve been looking for ways to relieve even a little bit of physical and mental fatigue.”

In addition to their previous vacation days, Employees at Arisu Hoikuen will be given 10 days during which they can quit work for oshi-related activities. For example, an employee is a fan of esports and is planning to take a day off to watch a tournament in which his favorite professional player is scheduled to compete.

Endo himself is a big fan of Japanese rock band Buck-Tick, and other workers who are also music fans will have the option of taking days off to attend live performances. Arisu seems to take a loose and consensual definition of the term “oshi” as well, beyond the usual reference to a person or character.. Another employee is planning to take a vacation from Disneyland O’Shea to visit the amusement park and get a limited edition Toy Story merch. Given the applicability of this broad interpretation, it seems that “ramen oshi”, “TV oshi” and even “bed oshi” are also allowed for those who want to take a day off to eat, relax on the sofa, or just sleep until late in luxury.

“I think the happiness of our workers leads to the happiness of the children,” Endo says. “I believe our employees’ happiness will come naturally while they are at work if they feel satisfied in their own lives, so I hope this new system will result in a happier environment for children as well,” So if all goes according to plan, the O’Shea Vacation System looks like a win.

Source: NHK News Web via Hachima Kiko
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