Employees of major companies in Japan will get an average of 6.3 days in a row off during the Golden Week holiday season from late April to early May, up 0.7 day from last year, a labor ministry survey showed Tuesday.

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry survey, for which 1,247 major firms nationwide responded, also found that three firms will provide their employees with a 14-day break, while 63 will give their workers a straight 10 days off.

Of the total firms responding, 87 percent said they have plans for consecutive holidays some time during the period between April 16 and May 15, almost unchanged from last year, while 586 firms will grant longer holidays.

Meanwhile, 170 firms said they will be taking less time off than last year.

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