On hot, sunny days, caves with tables and chairs are lovely spots for a quiet little break. But for proper relaxation, it appears that soft drinks and cigarettes also need to be part of the equation.
In all likelihood, this man’s little engineering company isn’t all that busy, but in the semi-darkness of a small, Tokyo house, he still sits quietly at his computer-free desk. Camped in the corner of an office that clearly hasn’t changed in a long time. And yet judging by his warm, welcoming smile, that’s just the way he likes it.
After a lengthy legal case, there was official recognition last week that a young woman’s death was work related. The terribly sad story of another lost life due to ludicrously long hours and a work culture gone more than just a little awry. And yet signs of real, meaningful change remain minimal, whereas signs of excessive working hours are almost everywhere.