Japan
Average annual hours: 1,765
Average annual wages: $35,143

Japanese workers have a reputation for working long hours. In 2012, the average Japanese worked ranked ninth among industrialized nations for the most hours worked each year.

But Japanese work hours have gradually declined since the 1990s. Whereas workers in Japan averaged 1,910 hours a year back in 1995, they worked 145 fewer hours in 2012.


Source: OECD. Data reflect wage and salary workers, not the self-employed.
- Last updated July 16 2013 09:27 AM ET
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