One-third of single women in Japan are in poverty, and more and more people are selling themselves to engage in custom business


Under the epidemic, the yen has depreciated, but wages have not changed.

Every ordinary person’s life seems to be getting more stretched because all the consumer prices are going up…

With one exception –

Only the consumption of the custom industry is decreasing.

More and more Japanese women have to work several jobs at the same time because of poverty.

In order to make money to support themselves, many people even choose to work part-time in the custom industry, so the scope of custom shops has gradually spread.

In Tokyo, in addition to the famous custom streets such as Kabukicho, Shimbashi, Ueno, Kinsicho, Akihabara and other areas have all sprung up like bamboo shoots after the epidemic.

The number of practitioners has skyrocketed, but the number of guests has hardly changed, and even the number of passengers has decreased due to the economic downturn.

As a result, the price of the custom industry fell across the board.

It’s just that for women who have fallen into the dust, even if they fall, there is no “no” choice.

In the eyes of many people, they are considered to be “too vain, too lazy to do things, too lazy” to choose to engage in this “disgusting” degenerate profession.

But for many women already living in the quagmire of poverty, this is the only option.

“From normal to poverty, it is difficult to return to normal life.”

Most people who are trapped in the quagmire of poverty have spent a lot of time and energy in order to maintain the most basic livelihood. They are exhausted after working every day. It is almost impossible to improve themselves and jump out of the quagmire by other means.

It takes time and energy to improve yourself, but both of these are extravagant hopes for poor people…

Japan’s Abema News produced a news special based on “Tokyo Poor Women” to follow the lives of these poor women in the bustling city.

Among them is a 23-year-old girl named Moe, who is a custom practitioner.

If you just pass her on the road – no one will associate her with “poverty”.

In fact, this is the case with most poor Japanese women, who look like decent ordinary people who don’t fit the stereotype of “poverty”.

However, it is precisely because their poverty is “invisible” that they have been struggling with the loopholes in social assistance and can no longer have the possibility of a normal life.

During the day, Moe is an ordinary company employee.

She started working after graduating from high school. She has changed many jobs, but she has never been a “regular employee” and can only work as a “dispatched worker, temporary worker” who is temporarily hired.

This is not just her plight. In fact, more than half of single women working in Tokyo are informal employees, and this proportion is even increasing year by year.

And Moe is almost impossible to have the opportunity to become a regular – even if regular employees are needed, Japanese companies are more inclined to hire men who have no worries about getting married or having children, rather than “unstable” single women.

Therefore, she has no choice.

As a non-regular employee, she needs to work in the company during the day from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. If she works full-time every month, her salary is 120,000 yen, or about 6,300 yuan.

But living in Tokyo, her rent is 75,000 yen.

If she throws away fixed expenses such as rent, utilities, transportation, communication, etc., her discretionary income per day is only 1,000 yen, which is barely enough to eat.

Now, 15% of all female non-regular workers in Tokyo work part-time in the custom industry, and it can be said that this group is very large.

Many people are like Moe. Although they don’t want to be in this industry, they can’t get out after falling from normal to poverty.

The epidemic is a time when everyone is facing a crisis.