Embodying Japan: Cultures of Sport, Beauty, and Medicine 2017

The Salaryman, Hikikomori, and Hostesses:

The promotion of capitalism and Japan's motivation for economic growth has created an ideal identity, the salaryman, for Japanese males to fulfill. In addition, a Japanese woman is required to cater towards the male. These salarymen work long hours which is consequential to their health. Japanese Youth who prefer not to fulfill this role become hikikomori or social recluses. In this path, we will see how these 3 identities are interlaced and how it reveals the discomfort and unfairness behind Japan's expectations for men and women.

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