The work culture in Japan is notorious for being hectic, and employees routinely work shifts longer than 10 hours, resulting in sleep deprivation.
To address this problem, two Japanese companies have teamed up to develop “nap boxes” that allow employees to sleep upright like a “flamingo.”
Tokyo-based furniture company Itoki and plywood company Koyoju Gohan will collaborate to create the shell-like structures Help for sleep deprived workers.
According to a Bloomberg report, the “sleeping box” is said to be designed to “comfortably support a person’s head, knees and buttocks to prevent the person from falling over.”
— Matt McAllister (@MorningWolfMatt) July 18, 2022
While discussing her product, Saeko Kawashima, Itoki’s communications director, told Bloomberg, “In Japan, there are a lot of people who lock themselves in the bathroom for a while, which I don’t think is healthy. It is better to sleep somewhere comfortable.”
While the price and market availability of the “nap box” are unknown, their design images have been released online.
This is deeply dystopian, apart from being violently claustrophobic I don’t know anyone who could handle doing this normally https://t.co/X00gZjmVZ8 pic.twitter.com/piPlftZgp9
— Daryl Bartley (Looking for work!) (@hypercubexl) July 15, 2022
Healthy work culture: “Let’s not look at crazy working hours and overly hierarchical management structures! Let’s just sleep in an upright coffin like Dracula!”
— Barley Blair (@BlairBarley) July 15, 2022
That’s a hard no. Imagine having a fire in the office and taking a nap in this capsule. nope!
— Marisa Campos (@Asiramisa) July 15, 2022
That’s brutal. They couldn’t even afford the budget to install more comfortable sleeping quarters reminiscent of lounge beds that some companies in the West have for a nap.
— Scones40 (@Scones40) July 16, 2022
— S. Allen Verwey (@IHateVerwey) July 15, 2022
Yes OK pic.twitter.com/d2p7hx5xH9
— newhorizon 🦇🔊 (@woollymasters) July 15, 2022
Just let her go home
— Ena Jay (@EnaJay1) July 19, 2022
— I’m not the droid you’re looking for (AlanMK) (@GardeningAtNigh) July 15, 2022
Japanese companies will literally build sleeping coffins before letting you work less than 60 hours a week. https://t.co/OIvapVOwNo
— Juan Delgado (@BurritoHunting) July 19, 2022
Many netizens pointed out that the product looked like an “exhaustion coffin” and called the idea “dystopian”.
In a tweet about the product, one person wrote, “Japanese companies will literally build sleeping coffins before they let you work less than 60 hours a week.”
Another remarked: “Healthy work culture: ‘Let’s not look at the crazy hours and overly hierarchical management structures! Let’s just sleep in an upright coffin like Dracula!'”.