Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Big-time stress in big-city Japan

This just in from Japan:

Statistics indicate that 60 per cent of workers suffer from “high anxiety” and that 65 per cent of companies report soaring levels of mental illness.

That's life in the big city, eh?

Also notice that the article's content does not live up to the sensationalistic headline.

The article also fails to point out that consumption of loose-leaf green tea in Japan is trending downward as more and more of those young, busy people opt for bottled, ready-to-drink green tea. A tea break used to mean a few quiet minutes spent preparing and enjoying a hot cup of relaxing, soothing tea. Now it means chugging a bottle of ready-to-drink tea on a crowded subway train while listening to an MP3 player and playing with a handheld video game. No wonder people are stressed.

—Mellow Monk

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