Slices of Japanese business, politics and life
A survey by the Japan Productivity Centre, a private think tank, showed over 80 percent of new recruits picking working late over having a date.
Unemployment is at 5.2 percent, the highest since 2003, while there are only about four jobs available for every nine applicants.
“The financial and economic recession and fears of corporate restructuring and bankruptcy are motivating new employees to prioritise work over private life,” the centre’s Tetsu Takano told me.
Six years ago when I decided to propose to my Japanese wife-to-be I went to the main jewellery strip in the Ginza district of Tokyo ready to part with two months’ salary for a diamond ring.
The two-month rule was in my head from my years of growing up in the United States where men are conditioned into thinking that this is the price for locking in your lifetime partner.
Wedding venue hired? Check. Wedding dress hired? Check. Guests hired? Check.
June’s the big wedding month here in Japan, but even in these tough economic times, instead of opting for a small event, some couples are renting fake family, friends and colleagues to plump up the guest list.
Many in Japan see weddings as a formal event that must be attended by lots of family members, friends and co-workers. At the party, bosses often give speeches, colleagues or friends stage performances, and families formally greet other guests.