Japanese Society

Essential survival tips for train commuters in Japan

A long-suffering Japanese commuter has written a book offering tips on how to survive the daily torment of the train journey to and from the office. Photo: Bloomberg

A long-suffering Japanese commuter has written a book offering tips on how to survive the daily torment of the train journey to and from the office.

Sunday, 14 April, 2013, 7:25am

Neets get hand from mum and dad

As the cost of living soars, many youngsters find it hard to support themselves and turn to their parents for financial help.

They are called the 'Neet' - Not in Education, Employment, or Training - generation; young people who live off their parents.

12 Apr 2011 - 12:00am


You can't cuddle up with an e-book

E-books are convenient and can help ease storage problems. But I would much prefer to have a conventional book with a beautiful cover.

Although people can easily download e-books and save time, it is a pleasure to hold a real book instead of some portable device or a CD.

21 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Love caught in fantasy world

Ayoung Japanese couple walk shoulder to shoulder along the waterfront. They steal glances at each other before Hinata (Shunsuke Daito) timidly professes his feelings for Yoriko (Wakana Matsumoto) and asks to be her boyfriend. Yoriko accepts, but reveals she's an 'otaku girl', a pejorative term that refers to manga and anime fanatics.

13 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Manga tango

You can call them 'geeks', 'nerds' or otaku - die-hard fans of animation, comic, game culture (ACG culture) - but in March a group of them staged a street protest against discrimination, triggered by a TVB Sunday Report programme on gender relations in Hong Kong. Otaku claim the programme described them as losers who are poor in expressing themselves and as unproductive members of the society.

25 May 2009 - 12:00am

New classes

Several new social classifications of the younger generation have emerged recently.


3 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

liberal studies


Choose the correct answers to the following questions

1. What does kidult mean?

a. It refers to adults who like to play with children but do not get married.

b. It means adults who behave like teenagers and do things for fun.

c. People who refuse to take up long-term jobs.

3 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Rush to rudeness

The man in the business suit beside me on the train probably couldn't help his reaction. It was a slight intake of breath combined with a clicking of the tongue and an involuntary crossing of the arms. In isolation, one action would have expressed displeasure; the three together meant disgust.

8 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Elderly fear increase in charges will bite hard

The livelihood of more than 700,000 elderly people with chronic diseases will be affected if the Hospital Authority goes ahead with a sharp rise in medical fees later this year, a welfare agency has warned.

8 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Ditching ties doesn't suit salarymen

A 'cool biz' campaign to get salarymen out of their suits has some of Japan's corporate warriors decidedly hot under the collar.

With the end of the rainy season just a couple of weeks away - and sky-high humidity and temperatures about to descend on the country - the government is calling on businessmen to leave their suits and ties at home.

29 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

The Blue-eyed Salaryman

The Blue-eyed Salaryman

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20 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Free spirits

Hiroshi Ide, 23, graduated two months ago as an economics major from a college near Tokyo. Instead of landing the sort of full-time corporate job many of his classmates yearned for, Mr Ide chose to work part-time at a convenience shop in his neighbourhood. 'I can survive on temporary, part-time jobs for a while, until I know for sure what I would like to do,' he says.

7 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Cuts mean an anxious old age

Most of Hong Kong's elderly people are not living happy and healthy lives with unlimited financial support and care from their children.

And from next month, elderly citizens will face a 26 per cent rise in medical costs at public hospitals.

22 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

More than company restructuring behind 'corporate samurai' suicides

In a country that enjoys the world's highest life expectancy, more than 80 people kill themselves every day, according to police figures.

The vast majority, 71 per cent, are males that can be loosely defined as salarymen.

However, the country's plunging economic fortunes are not the sole reason for the alarming statistic.

31 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

80pc of elderly live on under $5,000 a month

Almost four out of five elderly people living outside of homes for the aged have a monthly income of less than $5,000, the latest government statistics show.

Although 99.6 per cent of them have a personal income, only 21 per cent have $5,000 or more a month and 17 per cent have less than $1,000.

21 May 2001 - 12:00am