A long, leisurely sojourn at a tropical beach resort, listening to the waves and counting seagulls … is only a pipe dream for most workers in Japan as the New Year’s holiday period draws near.

A recent survey by market research firm Macromill Inc. shows that many Japanese can afford only a five-day holiday over New Year’s, though they wish they could take seven days off. And they will mostly likely stay at home, catching up on their sleep.

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