Japan: A Story of Love and Hate

Japan: A Story of Love and Hate

2008-01-01
44min
Economics
Naoki, 56, lived a life of luxury in Japan's bubble economy days. But when Japan's economy crashed in the early 1990s he lost everything, ending up divorced and penniless. He was saved from homelessness by his new girlfriend, 29-year-old Yoshie, who took him in despite living in a tiny one-room apartment. At his age, the only job Naoki can find is a part-time place at the post office, which means earning just 4,000 pounds a year. Naoki sees his relationship with Yoshie as one of father and daughter, and admits that since losing his business he has lost his confidence in both his professional and social life.

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UK, Japan
Naoki, 56, lived a life of luxury in Japan's bubble economy days. But when Japan's economy crashed in the early 1990s he lost everything, ending up divorced and penniless. He was saved from homelessness by his new girlfriend, 29-year-old Yoshie, who took him in despite living in a tiny one-room apartment. At his age, the only job Naoki can find is a part-time place at the post office, which means earning just 4,000 pounds a year. Naoki sees his relationship with Yoshie as one of father and daughter, and admits that since losing his business he has lost his confidence in both his professional and social life.

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