Japan's Disposable Workers

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What are the employment problems in Japan today?


“A big problem for Japanese workers today is on one hand, long work hours and intense, high stress work is becoming norm for full-time workers but on the other hand, low wage and short-term contract are becoming common among temp workers. Unemployed have hard time receiving their unemployment checks. Many people are cornered to the cliff where they don’t have a way out. Unemployed people desperately want to find jobs, temp work or whatever it is. But temp work provides neither stability nor future career perspectives, so they want to get a full time job. But once they get a full time job, what’s waiting for them is long work hours and high stress work. So no matter which path they take, there is no way out.”