Life But Not As We Know It
Some powerful pics by Shiho Fukuda, who just got accepted to always interesting Panos Pictures photo agency, of the miserable lives of the Japanese salarymen and their families. These black-suited icons of Japanese industriousness are the people that, through incredibly hard work, pulled Japan out of the ruins of the war and turned it into the second largest economy in the world.
Yet no-one thinks to thank them much these days. Indeed as the economy tumbles their lives are getting increasing fraught and unpleasant. Ignored at best they are often abused, over-worked and as they get older or the need for them shrinks they frequently find themselves considered disposable. And that’s not just their companies either but often by their families as well.
I don’t want my sons to live this kind of a life.