Japan's sozzled salarymen: the lost tribe in a modern pickle

October 9, 2014

The image of sozzled salarymen passed out on the streets ties knotted around heads has become so common in Japan's cities the clone-like workaholics in identikit dark suits and sensible haircuts have long been the butt of jokes. But beneath the after-hours drinking binges and karaoke lie fears over job security after decades of economic gloom, often leading to depression and a high suicide rate.