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Japanese Officials Issue Public Apology Over Worker Who Had Lunch 3 Minutes Early

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We all know how much the Japanese people value time and honor. This has once again been proven by another recent story where Japanese bosses issued a public apology for one worker’s “deeply regrettable” behavior.

The offense? Apparently, the employee went on lunch breaks “three minutes early on 26 occasions over a seven-month period,” according to a report. The civil servant was eventually punished for what he did.

A televised news conference was held where the officials publicly apologized for the worker who took lunch at 11:57 am instead of 12 noon.

Source: ABC 6

The 64-year-old man, who works at the Kobe City Waterworks Bureau, had a half day salary deduction because of his actions. His superiors said he left office early to buy his bento lunch all because he desired a simple “change of pace.”

Officials are condemning the “misconduct,” regarding it as “deeply regrettable.”

Source: ABC 6

“The lunch break is from noon to 1pm. He left his desk before the break,” one spokesperson stated.

“We are sorry,” the officials said in a press conference, bowing in front of the media.

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Netizens on social media had mixed reactions about the public apology.

Source: ABC 6

Although some praised the officials, others also blasted the extreme measures they had to take for a simple problem.

One person commented:

“Absolutely ridiculous – arranging this formal apology with the press would’ve wasted more time than the three minutes he spent buying his lunch every now and then.”

Another netizen wrote:

“I can’t believe someone was there timing his trips every time instead of doing their own work.”

Meanwhile, one pointed out:

“Are people not even allowed to go to the toilet now? This is like workplace slavery or something.”

A commenter also remarked:

“The punishment is totally absurd — 26 times over a six-month period means he only left the office once a week.”

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