It’s no wonder that when faced with their nightmarish reality, Japanese commuters prefer the deep respite of sleep to block out the world and pressures around then.
The truth is that for many in Tokyo & it’s surrounding suburbs, a 60 hour working week isn’t that uncommon or unexpected. Compare that to somewhere like Australia, where the average working week is 38.5 hours and you can see why people have cram their sleeping patterns into their daily commute.
Why do people will compelled to work such long hours? It’s partly cultural, but also due to supply and demand, failure to go above and beyond will see someone happily step into your role doing more hours for less pay such is the competition in the workplace.
The capital of Japan, Tokyo is by far the world’s most populous metropolitan area. Approximately 13 million people live within the city radius, that’s roughly 6,029 individuals per sq kilometre. With figures like that, there’s little room for a breath or respite and why workers feel compelled to work such long hours to continue to guarantee their financial security.
Nicholas Barker has just release a film titled ‘Tokyo Dreams’ where he elegantly documents and examines the sleeping patterns of some of the hardest working individuals in the developed work.