Workaholic Japan is known for long office hours and stressed-out employees, but one company claims to have a cure: cats.
A total of nine fluffy felines eat, sleep and walk freely in the small office of IT firm Ferray in Tokyo.
Hidenobu Fukuda, who heads the firm, introduced an “office cat” policy in 2000 upon request from one of his employees, allowing staff to bring their felines to work.
“I also give ¥5,000 ($45) a month to those who rescue a cat,” he said.
Other Japanese companies are also allowing animals in the office to help reduce stress and anxiety.
At Oracle Japan, an Old English Sheepdog named Candy works as a “greeting and healing ambassador,” according to the company website.
The company said it has had an office dog since 1991, and Candy, the fourth one, now has Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Meanwhile, Pasona Group “hired” two goats in 2011 and two alpacas in 2013 as …