I don’t get the whole working overtime thing that the Japanese have going. The June 25 article “Unpaid overtime excesses hit young” and Keisuke Akita’s July 7 letter, “The dreams of young workers,” don’t teach me anything except that people are mules.

Japanese enter the workforce expecting overtime work because it’s part of the work culture here. But whatever the explanation, it ought to stop because overtime is not normal.

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