Slices of Japanese business, politics and life
Japan’s salaried workers may have an image as corporate drudges, but some are turning economic angst and political ire into poetry for a competition.
“My motivation, falling in tandem with steps to cut corporate costs” is one entry in the contest for “Best 10 Senryu”, a type of humorous verse similar to 17-syllable “haiku” but without references to nature or the seasons.
“I’d like to enjoy the rising strength of the yen - but I have no yen,” wrote another poet, referring to the growing value of a currency that is hurting Japan’s exports but making it cheaper to buy imports or go on holiday overseas.
One Muse-struck salaried worker weighed in against a political stalemate that has seen three Japanese leaders take office in less than three years: “Now I must again teach my children the name of the prime minister.”