weary_worker1TokyoTimes photo blog, who has one of the best photo blogs on the ‘net,  has this entry up on the working poor in Japan.

The gold-tinted glow of Ginza, or the neon-lit nightscapes of Shinjuku and Shibuya, can easily lead one to conclude that while the Japanese may well spend a lot of time at the office, their work ethic at least means they are wealthy.

A situation that is undoubtedly true for many, although for a growing number of working poor, it is way off the mark, with hardship rather than happiness much more to the fore, whether it be in the hours they do, or their home life — if indeed they have one.

TokyoTimes also notes the excellent documentary Japan: A Story of Love and Hate is up on youtube, embed for the first part is below: