The gold-tinted glow of Ginza, or the neon-lit nightscapes of Shinjuku and Shibuya, can easily lead one to conclude that while the Japanese may well spend a lot of time at the office, their work ethic at least means they are wealthy.
A situation that is undoubtedly true for many, although for a growing number of working poor, it is way off the mark, with hardship rather than happiness much more to the fore, whether it be in the hours they do, or their home life — if indeed they have one.
But despite this, it’s a topic that’s not covered too often, although whereas this photo can only hint at any such hardship,
the excellent documentary, Japan: A Story of Love and Hate, does the job properly. Both in-depth and directly.
Which is now, thankfully, on YouTube, albeit in slightly irritating ten minute chunks. And here is part one.