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Title: A HOLIDAY IN A TOKYO NOT SO FAR AWAY
Authors: CHEK WEI JIE TERENCE
Keywords: 2020-2021
Architecture
Master's
MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE
Peter Sim
Design Thesis
Issue Date: 5-Jul-2021
Citation: CHEK WEI JIE TERENCE (2021-07-05). A HOLIDAY IN A TOKYO NOT SO FAR AWAY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Corporate culture in Japan created the most overworked city, Tokyo and the most vacation deprived country. The culture of overworking causes stress leading to depression, burnout, brain and heart diseases and the most extreme, karoshi, death by overwork. Current governmental solutions based on global corporate contemporary conventions of time off and vacations does not work due to the ingrain psychological trait of Bushido, shame and guilt culture in the Japanese stemming back to Edo Period Japan. Ideals of honor and loyalty has stayed throughout various eras of the Rising Sun, where the “salary-man often thinks he too must work hard or else he will feel guilty and to deviate is disloyal”. As a counter proposition to the failed work style reform bill, this thesis speculates that a different type of ‘vacation’ is needed in order to provide the workers with a guilt and shame free break. A holiday that works with the ingrained edo concepts instead of against them. The thesis speculates that the government will replace the failed bill with a “work style reform holiday”, where the Japanese salaryman escape to without the feeling of guilt or shame. It takes inspiration from the successes of several companies and the widespread acknowledgement of the failure of the work style reform bill, to question if this uniquely Japanese holiday that is rooted in edo concepts might be an alternative solution.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/222956
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