It’s not a rare term everywhere, but it has been getting more serious here in Japan. I often encounter this term in the gossip magazines…Working poor is a term used to describe indivuduals and families who maintain regular employment but remain in relative poverty due to low levels of pay and dependent expenses(from wikipedia). Putting the general cases aside here, the reason why I would like to mention this term is that it happened to my cosplay mate….
He works for the certain anime filming company which has worked on School Days (that is why he is good at taking a picture as well). When I cosplayed L and Suefumi, he kindly took a lot for me). I am not familiar with this kind of job, but according to him, his holiday is once a week, so any other time he has to do this almost all the time. And I was really surprised to hear the amazingly low salary in this industry. Of course there is no bonus as well… One of his colleague in the other department at his company(she is from somewhere in China) could get less than 100,000 yen (about 833$) per month. Of course there is only one holiday in a week and she has to work from the early morning to the late night. So it means she has no time to do a part-time job, doesn’t it? Even though she loves to draw and paint anime, I really wonder how she could survive in Japan. Does the company give the workers accomodation? He said no. But this happens to not only his company, but almost every anime company…Oh hey, what about Studio Ghibli?
He is coming back to his hometown in order to pursue some even higher career and seek a well-paid job. Though he likes his job, it shouldn’t last forever…What a pity, if it was a well-paid job, he wouldn’t even have to come back. He is my very first cosplay mate, though…