Golden Week to average 6.4 days long

Consecutive holidays planned by major Japanese companies over Golden Week will average 6.4 days, up from 5.7 days last year, according to the results of a Labor Ministry survey released Tuesday.

The ministry asked 1,330 major companies how many holidays of at least three consecutive days they plan to grant employees in the one-month period starting April 16. A total of 1,189 firms replied, ministry officials said.

The survey results showed that manufacturers will grant employees an average of 7.3 consecutive days off, while nonmanufacturers, including firms in the service industry, whose businesses stand to benefit the most from the holidays, will give 5.4 days.

Many companies will offer employees five days off. The survey showed that 33.7 percent of manufacturers will give nine days and 61.8 percent of nonmanufacturers will offer five.

Ministry officials said the number of holidays during Golden Week depends more on the calendar than on the economy.