Having slagged off some piece of shoddy PR masquerading as journalism (see here), Our Man feels a bit silly (but only a bit) admitting that, well, plenty of folk here in Japan are not exactly happy about their lot in life. Particularly money-wise. See, traditionally, your long-suffering salaryman here gets a winter and summer bonus that amount to 40 percent of annual salary. Now, Our Man hasn't seen any figures, but judging from the sour expressions of his salaryman-neighbours, there ain't nothing to smile about this New Year drinking season - and forget being able to pay off the mortgage any decade soon, honey.
More scientifically, according to the Our Man Xmas Light Index (Omxli), there's about 80 percent less disposable income to blow on stimulatin' anything. That is to say, Our Man's house is the only one round here with tacky Xmas lights (and he can't stand the season too), whereas last year at least four houses bared their garish kack for all to see.
No wonder the government just passed another whopping squillian billion stimulus budget yesterday.