With Japan’s Nikkei index experiencing the same roller-coaster ride as the rest of the world’s markets, the country is rapidly heading towards recession, if indeed it hasn’t now pottered over the edge of that particular precipice. A situation that — along with countless other issues — could, according to some analysts, send Japan’s already shockingly high suicide rate into the stratosphere; particularly as it has happened repeatedly in the past.
This then could be why, when it comes to unemployment, some of the language in use is couched in almost comforting and carefree locution. Even the unforeseen shock of a salary man with suddenly no salary is countered somewhat by a visit to the local happy-go-lucky and hardly something to get upset about sounding, Hello Work (ハローワーク) headquarters.
Plus, after the initial introduction, unemployment is still a decidedly dirty word, and certainly not one to be banded about unnecessarily. In fact, even ‘between jobs’ is arguably deemed a bit depressing, with those working on wangling a new workplace through job ads simply having something of a siesta.