一応記事の要約SummaryとQuestion, My answerをそれぞれブログに書いていこうと思います。
"Feeling the pinch -Japan's salarymen" The Economist September 29th 2012
"In Japan, where housewives traditionally control their husband's wages and return a small proportion for daily expenses, the allowance has plummeted from 78,000 yen to half in 2012.
The average amount spent on the once ubiquitous drinking session has also declined by more than half, to 2,860 yen in the decade to 2012.
One of the few bright spots is the relative affluence of the 20-something salaryman, who now holds around 15,000 yen more pocket money par month than his struggling middle-aged colleague.
Youngsters have more cash partly because they're delaying marriage and children, put off by the expense."
Q: Do you think that too much emphasis is put on work in Japan?
Japan has been on the rocks for a long time.Especially today's Japanese economy has been shrinking gradually.To tackle a lot of difficluties, Japan's salaryman not only have to work harder than before, but also have to cut or give up their pleasures. So I think too much emphasis is put on work in Japan.
Nowadays it's a tacit agreement in Japan that you have to work overtime even if it's unpaid. Japan might be the only place where a lot of healthy people become sick or mental desorders because of overworks and too much stresses. They have no time to take paid leave, which is the right they have.
On the other hand, as the unemployment rate has been rising, chronic unemployed are everywhere in Japan. Indeed, for full-time worker, it's very hard to take a rest, and for long-term unemployed, it's tiresome not to get a job.
I think we have to pause and meditate what the most important things in our lives are. Otherwise, the harder we work, the less our hapinness may be.