Japanese civil servant fined $11,000 for smoking during work hours

In 2019, a high school teacher in Osaka was asked to pay back one million yen of his salary to the education ministry for taking smoke breaks during work hours.

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A Japanese civil servant had to pay a fine worth around $11,000 for lighting cigarettes during work hours and smoking on the job more than 4500 times in 14 years.

As per The Straits Times, authorities enforced a 10% pay cut for six months on the civil servant for repeatedly smoking during work hours.