Not long after the post-earthquake blackouts started playing havoc with Tokyo’s transportation system and businesses, there was some brief talk of a shift in working practices as well as attitude. Gone would be the likes of unnecessary overtime, plus, perhaps more realistically, the system of set holidays which sees the whole nation supposedly relax by congregating en masse on a myriad of motorways. And instead, sensible working hours along with staggered time off would see people working less, but at the same time, more efficiently. A move that as well as increasing workers quality of life, would also conserve electricity.
Not much more than a month later, however, such moves seem moot. The postponement of power cuts, and the gradual return of something not far from normal, appear to have quickly put paid to any possible changes.
Changes that could have improved peoples lives in so many ways; even at the very simple level of sights like this on a weekday rather than exclusively at the weekend. Something that would almost certainly make the fella in the photograph happy, along with anybody fortunate enough to see him.