Imagine this: Thursday evening hits and you’re ready for the weekend. Sound good? Well, a decent chunk of Japan thinks so.

In 2019, the recruitment agency Mynavi conducted a survey asking businesspeople what they thought of a three-day weekend. Only 6% of respondents said they were against the idea, while nearly 50% replied that they were totally for it. A third also agreed with the idea that seeing as though the Japanese economy is in the shape it’s in, it’s futile to work so hard.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, some companies, including such corporate giants as Yahoo! Japan, Fast Retailing and Mizuho Financial Group, have gone ahead with introducing shorter work weeks for their employees.