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People cross a street in Tokyo. Legislation that will be submitted during the parliamentary session that began Jan. 26, 2015 aims to ensure workers get the rest they need. In a break with past practice, it will become the legal responsibility of employers to ensure workers take their holidays. Japan has been studying such legislation for years. There has been more impetus for change since 2012 as a consensus developed that the health, social and productivity costs of Japan’s extreme work ethic were too high. Part of the problem has been that many people fear resentment from co-workers if they take days off, a real concern in a conformist culture that values harmony.
Indian railway passengers without reservations wait to board a train at New Delhi railway station. India’s railway minister Sadananda Gowda will present the new budget in parliament on July 8. India’s railway is the country’s largest employer with 1.4m people on its payroll
Passengers walk at a square of Zhengzhou East Railway Station in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China
A schoolboy walks past a street mural depicting a school bus and students in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia begins the first day of the new school year of 2014.
One of 15 living statues that greeted commuters this morning to mark the opening of the newly redeveloped King’s Cross Square in central London. The 15 familiar faces from London’s street performing scene were brought together to mark the completion of Network Rail’s £550m redevelopment of King’s Cross station.
Passengers hold on to handles as they ride on a train during the morning rush hour in Mumbai, India. India’s biggest stock market swings in 16 months are poised to continue, boosting options prices as the prospect of reduced Fed stimulus spurs further weakness in the rupee, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co