By: Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
The measure is part of a trend to reduce secondhand smoke. Some companies have instituted employee smoking bans.
“I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion,” company CEO Takao Asuka told Kyodo News.
The time off for those employees is supposed to be equivalent to the estimated 15 minute smoke breaks, The Telegraph reported.