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That slave-driver Toshiba has made staff in its Japanese factories work their bank holiday this year, The Register has learned. The week-long Golden Week normally gives this hard-working nation a well earned rest. But the global glitch in TFT computer screens demanded the plants stay in operation during the fiesta, said Toshiba. "We are ramping up production on TFT screens to cope with the shortage. We are taking this very seriously," said Steve Crawley, Toshiba product marketing manager. "In fact, during Golden Week our factories were virtually working all week. I think staff were under pressure to go in," he admitted. Golden Week is a cluster of Japanese national holidays falling between 29 April and 3 May. According to Schauwecker's Guide to Japan, "together with good placed weekends, the Golden Week becomes one of the longest holidays of the year. Many companies give additional days free to make the Golden Week a continuous holiday, while others do not". Obviously, Toshiba falls into the latter. ®

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