Nearly 70 percent of major Japanese companies view the domestic economy as having levelled off and 10 percent believe it has already started to contract, affected partly by the prolonged U.S.-China trade dispute, a Kyodo News survey showed Monday.
The recent trend of online videos showing “baito tero,” or “part-timer terrorism,” enacted by part-time workers has sparked another media discussion about the plight of low wage earners. Most of these videos were recorded by people working in food-related businesses, and explanations for why they are eating merchandise on the job or retrieving food items from the garbage to pass on to customers range from adolescent-grade mischief to payback for suffering the indignities of what the working poor put up with. The implication of all this rude behavior is that the perpetrators don’t seem to care if they are caught because getting fired is no big deal. They can always find another low-paying job.