Japanese workers who can’t be laid off held in ‘Boredom Rooms’

"TAGAJO, Japan — Shusaku Tani is employed at the Sony plant here, but he doesn’t really work.

For more than two years, he has come to a small room, taken a seat and then passed the time reading newspapers, browsing the Web and poring over engineering textbooks from his college days. He files a report on his activities at the end of each day.

…the real point of the rooms is to make employees feel forgotten and worthless — and eventually so bored and shamed that they just quit, critics say…"

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