Japanese officials have apologised during a bizarre television news conference after a public servant went to lunch three minutes early.
The employee works at the waterworks bureau in Kobe.
Management docked the worker half a day’s pay as a result of him leaving the office just before noon, which he did 26 times in seven months.
The man explained that he left a few minutes early because he needed “a change of pace”.
He also expressed his desire to buy a bento lunch each day – a common takeaway meal in Japan.
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