TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. has lifted restrictions on overtime in Japan that were put in place during the global financial crisis, the latest sign of the company's return to health.
Toyota laid down the guidelines for minimizing overtime in December 2008, just as the company was about to report its first operating loss in seven decades. The restrictions affected about 60,000 office and factory workers in Japan.
Toyota initially trimmed overtime to 10 hours a month for each worker, then ended all overtime in June 2009. The policy was soft -- allowing after-hours work, for example, during this year's global recall crisis and during the rush to keep up with booming orders for the Prius hybrid.