Two legs good, four wheels bad

Mazda Motor Corporation is recommending that its employees walk to the office in an initiative to benefit their health and the environment.

    Hisakazu Imaki, Mazda's president

    A spokesman for the Japanese car company said on Friday that those meeting a set of requirements by going to the office on foot, rather than by car, are eligible to receive US$12 a month.

    Aimed at improving employees' health and promote environment protection, Mazda introduced its "Eco-walk commutation allowance" on Thursday, Ken Haruki said.

    Mazda, based in Hiroshima, is the fourth-largest car manufacturer in Japan and the first to offer incentives to its 20,000 employees in the country not to drive, he said.

    The company has no plans to apply the incentive for those working outside Japan, Hakuki said.

    He said allowance would be given to any Mazda employee who lives more than two kilometres from the office and walks more than four kilometres in round trips at least 15 days a month.

    Employees can get off a train or bus on their way to the office and take a walk over the distance to meet the requirements, Haruki said.

    Yamaha, the Japanese motorcycle maker, introduced a similar eco-walk commutation system for its employees a year ago.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Japan's third-largest steelmaker has admitted it faked data on parts used in cars, planes and trains.