January 26, 2009
Canon to employees: Make more babies
Japan's Canon Inc. says it wants its employees to do their bit to help the nation -- by going home early and making babies.
Twice a week, Canon lets its Japanese employees go home early to give them more family time and pump up the nation's low birthrate, which at 1.34 is well below the 2.0 needed to maintain the country's population, CNN reported Monday.
Canon has a very strong birth planning program, company spokesman Hiroshi Yoshinaga told the broadcaster.
Sending workers home early to be with their families is a part of it.