Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have canvased the introduction of daylight saving time to combat the extreme heat predicted during the games, but the government has backed away from the idea saying it would confuse companies still using sundials.
“The majority of Japanese companies are still using sundials from the 1950s,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference Tuesday.
The Japan Business Federation has voiced its concern over the proposal indicating there will be a sharp downturn in productivity if sundials from the early 20th century become redundant.
“We’ll have to install ridiculous new technologies,” Japan Business Federation chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara told The Rising Wasabi via facsimile correspondence.
The workforce has also signalled dissatisfaction over suggestions to implement daylight saving saying it will be too hard to explain to their bosses that time is a man-made construct and is not wedded to the timing of the sunset.
“My boss makes me work until the sun goes down,” says 89-year-old salaryman Intai Shitai.
“Except in winter.”