Faced with a severe shortage of truck drivers, major ground shipper Sagawa Express has rolled out four-day workweeks that bring five days' worth of pay, allowing workers to take on a second job.
The Kyoto-based company has already started recruiting full-time drivers into the program in Tokyo and neighboring Yamanashi Prefecture.
Under the plan, parcel delivery drivers in Tokyo will work 10 hours a day four days a week at a starting salary of 180,000 yen to 260,000 yen ($1,630 to $2,355) a month—about the same as for five days of work. But take-home pay is expected to be lower due to fewer overtime hours.
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