60% of Japan’s population specially in workforce suffers from stress, according to thebusiness magazine Weekly Toyo Keizai.Japanese people accept their stress as theresult of trying hard if they are not sufferingstress then they are probably not pulling theirweight in society, and this would causeembarrassment to them so, its almost a reliefto know they are stressed.
Japan is a group-oriented society. If you feel too carefree,then you may feel guilt, because it would seem like youare not sharing in the burdens of modern society witheveryone else.In the more individualistic societies of the West, it isadmired if you can shake off stress and do your own thing,but in group-oriented Japan, it might be too egoistic andselfish perhaps to feel too free and easy while others areseriously attentive to their social responsibilities.
Karōshi , translated literally from Japaneseas "death from overwork",is occupational sudden death.Japan is one of the few countries thatreports it in the statistics as a separatecategory.The major medical causes of karōshi deathsare heart attack and stroke due to str"過労死"
An onsen is a natural, mineral rich hot spring.Most Japanese go to the onsen to infuse awaytheir aches and pains or just to get away andrelax.This activity plays a significant role toJapanese culture because it provides sociallyinstitutionalized relief from the pressures ofthe current Japanese twelve-hour work ethic.
What sorts of things make them feel stress?1. Work-related, school-related inter-personal relationships 47.2%2. Money 38.0%3. Relationship with family, children; home environment 31.0%4. Details of work, study 25.6%5. Own health situation 21.5%6. Cooking, washing, cleaning, other daily housework 18.3%7. Getting along with the relatives 16.0%8. Child-rearing 14.3%9. Relationships with neighbours 11.4%10. Relationships with friends 11.0%11. Change in work environment 8.3%12. Commuting to work, school 7.4%13. Politics, economy 7.4%14. Relationships with opposite sex 6.6%15. Exams (self, children, etc) 2.9%16. Other 6.5%
how do Japanese cope with stress?1. Get lots of sleep, naps 26.1%2. Make time to be by myself 25.4%3. Eating 25.1%4. Talk with friends, family 21.7%5. Drink alcohol 19.2%6. Go shopping 17.5%7. Watch a movie, drama 16.5%8. Take a bath, shower 14.1%9. Read a book 13.5%10. Do exercise, play sports 12.3%Play electronic game 12.2%Take medicine 11.3%Smoke 10.4%