The Tokyo metropolitan government plans to introduce summertime working hours for its employees from July to help the capital’s economy reduce electricity consumption and save energy, sources familiar with the matter said Monday. Under the system, the metropolitan government will bring forward the start of three work shifts covering a total of 25,000 employees to 7:30 a.m., 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. from the current 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., respectively, the sources said.
The metropolitan government will start applying the system at its headquarters in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward on a trial basis from June 6, before applying it to its branch offices across the Tokyo area from July, they said, adding the summertime working hours will be implemented through Sept 30.
Employees with child-rearing or elderly care commitments would be exempt from the change in shift times, the sources said.
Employees at the Metropolitan Police Department, the Tokyo Fire Department as well as teachers and other school employees will also be exempt from the summertime working hours, they added.