A professor from Japan told me the reason why workers in Japan and Singapore work harder than workers in other countries. This is because they are aware of the importance of hardworking — since they realized that their countries do not have enough natural resources. This awareness is believed as a driving force for the hardworking culture.
On November 2008, I attended a training on the electron microscope conducted at JEOL company factory in Tachikawa, Tokyo. During training, I really felt the spirit and hard working of Japanese workers. This training was also attended by three other participants from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. Mr. Kenji Ohara, our trainer from JEOL, very surprised to know that the laboratory at King Saud University is opened only from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. At Hokkaido University and National University of Singapore, two prestigious universities in the world, the laboratories are opened for 24 hours. So, what about us?