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‘I was stressed at work, so I set the store on fire’: Burned-out Japanese part-time worker arrested for arson

  • Tatsuya Matsuzawa, a 32-year-old part-time worker, was arrested for arson in Japan.
  • Matsuzawa reportedly set Ken Depot Soka Sezaki Store in Soka City, Saitama Prefecture, on fire on June 13.
  • He had been working as a delivery and security man for the building materials store for about a year and admitted his crime to investigators.
  • “I was too stressed at work, so I burned the place down,” he told them.
  • A 42-year-old employee was injured during the fire and was taken to the hospital.

A stressed-out part-time Japanese employee was arrested for arson after setting fire to the store he worked at last week.

Tatsuya Matsuzawa, a 32-year-old part-time worker, was arrested for burning down Ken Depot Soka Sezaki Store in Soka, Saitama Prefecture, on June 13.

Young People in China Are ‘Lying Flat’ to Beat Societal Pressure

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Young adults in China have recently embarked on a new trend called “tang ping,” the supposed antidote to the societal pressures of finding a good job and clocking in long hours.

In essence, “tang ping” (躺平), which literally translates to “lie flat,” is a deliberate rejection of the notorious rat race — a movement that does not advocate laziness but “having different choices,” as some put it.

Japan Has an Insanely Low Jobless Rate, But the Country is Still Doomed

Japan has been making great strides in decreasing unemployment rates recently, but experts are warning of something terrible happening on the flip side.

According to government data released this week, the country’s jobless rate was at 2.8% in April for the third consecutive month, making it the lowest since 1994, the Japan Times reported. In addition, there were 148 positions for every 100 applicants, indicating a general surplus in available jobs.

Why Young Japanese People Work Themselves to Death

Working long hours in Japan is nothing unusual but the fact that it is rapidly becoming the new norm in the country’s modern society sparks concern from people who recognize the problem attached to overworking yourself.

In Japan, karoshi means death from overwork, which is exactly what will happen to many Japanese young professional if they do not realize the dangers of working past their body’s maximum capacity.

Why Young Japanese Men Refuse to Be Like Their Fathers

There’s a revolution happening among Japanese millennial men that is making them almost unrecognizable from the previous generation.

Observed to have been ditching habits such as drinking, overworking, and even driving, among others, the modern Japanese male seems to have evolved into someone with a significantly different mindset. And it is disrupting many major Japanese industries.