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.
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Members of Libyan pro-government forces, who are backed by the locals, sit together during clashes with the Shura Council of Libyan Revolutionaries in the streets of Benghazi. The council is an alliance of former anti-Gaddafi rebels who have joined forces with Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia
A Sri Lankan mudslide survivor child rests in a makeshift cradle at a relief camp in Punagala, Sri Lanka. Disaster officials estimate that about 100 people were killed Wednesday morning when monsoon rains unleashed a cascade of muddy earth at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district and warned of more landslides at the area.
A Ukrainian soldier rests at his temporary camp, close to a checkpoint near Eastern Ukrainian village Nikishino, some 20 kms from village Grabovo, close to the village where the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, in Ukraine on Friday
Italy’s Michele Scarponi rests in a team car as he waits for the rest of the Astana team with overall leader Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali, to go for a training on the second rest day of the Tour de France cycling race in Lignan-sur-Orb, southern France, on Monday.
A Syrian opposition fighter rests inside a cave at a rebel camp in the Idlib province countryside of Syria. The main Syrian opposition coalition urged the international community to take swift action against the regime of President Bashar Assad in response to a UN finding that the nerve agent sarin was used in a deadly attack near the capital last month
Rickshaw pullers take a rest inside a cable reeler in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Monday.
A Free Syrian Army fighter relaxes on a sofa in the old city of Aleppo, Syria on Wednesday
Buddhists take a rest under lanterns as they shelter themselves from the sun before a memorial service to celebrate Buddha’s birthday at the Jogyesa Temple in Seoul on Friday. Buddha’s birthday falls on Friday in South Korea.
An Indian boy drinks water on a hot summer day, as his family of trinket sellers rest nearby in New Delhi, India.