Impacts of the Japanese Middle-Class Work Culture on the Development of the Nation

Authors

  • Shalini Sanmargaraja Department of Construction Management, Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia
  • Gobi Kanadasan Department of Petrochemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia
  • Naoto Mine Innovative Global Research Center, Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT), Japan
  • Hirotake Kanisawa Department of Architecture, School of Architecture, Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT), Japan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21834/ebpj.v6i18.3054

Keywords:

Labor force, Karoshi, Karojisatsu, super-aged nation

Abstract

Japanese are legendary for their workaholic nature which eventually makes Japan be super-aged country. This research aims to identify the drawbacks of their work culture towards their nation. 345 questionnaires were received using convenience sampling in Kanto and Kyushu areas. The recorded Cronbach Alpha of reliability is 0.623, which is an acceptable level. From the descriptive analysis, is it found that the majority of the respondents strongly agree that the job stress makes them neglect their responsibilities, increasing karoshi and karojisatsu, increasing sexless marriages, and declining birth rate. The government should encourage a healthy work-life balance among the Japanese.

Keywords: Labor force, Karoshi, Karojisatsu, super-aged nation.

eISSN: 2398-4287© 2021. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BYNC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians/Africans/Arabians), and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21834/ebpj.v6i18.3054

Published

2021-12-30

How to Cite

Sanmargaraja, S., Kanadasan, G. ., Mine , N. ., & Kanisawa , H. . (2021). Impacts of the Japanese Middle-Class Work Culture on the Development of the Nation. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 6(18), 29-35. https://doi.org/10.21834/ebpj.v6i18.3054