Japanese workers are forfeiting almost half of their annual holiday allowance due to work pressures, according to a worldwide consumer survey by Expedia.
The poll of 9,000 adults across 13 countries also paints a gloomy picture in the US and Italy where only 83% of a worker's holiday entitlement is used over a 12 month period.
But Japan is by far the most unfortunate host with just 55% of holiday taken during the year.
Expedia is using the survey to promote some of its late booking functionality (including its recently launched Internet Explorer browser bar).
The luckiest workers appear to be in pockets of Scandinavia, where Danish and Norwegian workers enjoy rates of 93%, following by France with 92%.
The survey also found that around a quarter of Brits keep in touch with employers during their annual holiday (mirrored by French and German holidaymakers), over four in five Spanish and Italians claim they are able to switch off.
The full results (ranked by number of days taken where one is the lowest):
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