I wonder when it was last that Japan was said to be a country of nondiscriminatory society. Time has changed and today many Japanese workers suffer from the difference between regular employment and irregular one. In Japan when we do the same job, our salary or social security is different whether we’re hired as regular employee or not. (Yes, this is very unfair!) In fact, many temp-workers have been fired and they turned to be homeless these days.
Japan used to be nicer to the poor and the weak of society but watch this video to see how these people are striving today. They are not lazy. They are doing as much as they can to make their living, but they can not get out of working poor. They are not anything special. Such people can be next door, and this can happen to anyone under such bad economy.
It describes sad and unfortunate reality that Japanese society has today.
Naoki in the film used to own his business but he failed and lost everything. One of the negative things about Japanese society is that it’s strict to those who failed and made mistakes. It doesn’t give us the second chance. That’s I suppose why many of us want to work as a salary man rather than making his own business in this country, and that’s why we tend to be conservative.
“All-Japanese-are-middle-class mentality” was the word that described Japanese society only 10-20 years ago. There were less extreme-poor and less extreme-rich at that time. We used to laugh at our society that it’s not capitalism but communism, which even can be missed today.