A Japanese IT firm has officially introduced an“office cat" policy to combat the stressful environment of the workplace.
A total of nine furry friends freely wander around in the office and do whatever their little hearts desire.
Hidenobu Fukuda,who heads the firm,introduced the pet policy, upon request from one of his employees, allowing staff to bring their own cats to work.
Employee Eri Ito is grateful for their animals' comforting ways.
"Cats are sleeping just beside us. It's healing."she said.
Not only does Fukuda encourage bringing cats to the job,but he also encourages his employees to rescue cats from overpopulated shelters or streets.
He gives 5,000 yen,about 45 US dollars a month to those who rescue a cat.
While the positives are many, there are still some obstacles.
"Sometimes a cat will walk on a phone and cut off the call,or they shut down the computers by walking onto the off switch."Ito says.
Still, cats in the workplace have been a tremendous success for the company.
The policy has led to various other companies doing the same.
Questions 5 to 7 are based on the news report you have just heard.
Question 5: What do we learn from the news report about the Japanese IT firm?
Question 6: What does Fukuda encourage his employees to do?
Question 7: What does the news report say about the firm's policy?