Doesn’t seem so long ago…

7 Jan

When I came to Japan, smoking was allowed on train platforms, children went to school on Saturday mornings and I was paid in cash each month….so I can remember some of these.

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2015.01.03 showa

The Showa period (1926-1989) was a time of immense change for Japan when the country went from being an imperial power to a poverty-stricken post-war nation and then becoming an economic powerhouse that dominated automotive and electronic industries around the world. Twenty-seven years since that era ended and the current Heisei era began, fond memories of “Showa Japan” still flood many Japanese minds.

But a recent online poll asked netizens to take off their rose-tinted glasses and consider the aspects of daily Showa-period life that, while seeming completely normal back then, would be unthinkable now. Join us after the jump for a look at the slightly grim feedback.

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2 Responses to “Doesn’t seem so long ago…”

  1. Raymond Chuang (@SactoMan81) January 11, 2015 at 10:49 am #

    Interestingly, employees of companies being paid in cash for their wages was still common in Japan until only around 2000, when everyone pretty much switched to pay checks or direct deposit into the employee’s banking account.

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    • tokyo5 January 13, 2015 at 8:25 am #

      >Interestingly, employees of companies being paid in cash for their wages was still common in Japan until only around 2000

      Yes, I know. I used to get paid in cash.

      >everyone pretty much switched to pay checks or direct deposit

      Only “direct deposit”. Japan has never using “checking accounts”.

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