Sandy CashMailbox 108The accounts of ikigai help explain Japan’s economic success. Most of the men’s ikigai istheir job, to the point where it is more important than their own family. Based on theseaccounts, one can see the gender roles in Japan. The man is suppose to work, and provide forhis family, where the woman is suppose to stay at home, and take care of her husband andfamily.Men’s ikigai is most of the time their job, in fact one many says, “…my ikigai has been thecompanies I’ve worked for; they’ve been more important to me than my family.” A highschool teacher says, “Young people today overwhelmingly value being with their families.They calmly say, ‘My child’s sick. I’ll take the day off.’” Nobody ever did that when I wasyoung!” Lastly, a bank worker said, “In Japan, if a man says his child rather than his work ishis ikigai, he’ll be considered a sissy.”From these accounts, one can see the gender roles in Japan. One man said, “In Japan womenare discriminated against in the workplace…” Also, the men in Japan also seem to think thatthe wife should know what her husband wants right away, and she should send him off towork. Also, since the husband has to be subservient to his boss, when he comes home hewants to boss around his wife and children. Lastly, the Japanese men do not like it when awife works, for then she can be overbearing, since she has her own money.These accounts, help to show that since a man’s kigai, is based on their job this is why Japanhas economic success. It has come to the point where they do not have time for their family,nor is it as important as their job, maybe why they have a higher suicide rate. Also, theseaccounts show the gender roles in Japan; the wife having to obey her husband, since he wantsto be the boss once he comes home from work.