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VOX POPULI: End finally in sight for Japan’s ‘tanshin funin’ custom

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"Nippon no Tanshin Funin," a report written by author Kiyoshi Shigematsu, takes issue with the eponymous Japanese corporate custom under which married men leave their families behind to live as "temporary bachelors" when assigned to posts that make daily commuting from their homes impossible.

One of the subjects of Shigematsu's report concerns a man from Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, who reluctantly agreed to a transfer to Aichi Prefecture and live away from his family.

Taking a leaf from his student days, the man sets up a makeshift bed from cases of sake when he goes to sleep.

Shigematsu surmises that perhaps this man is resolved to relieve and enjoy his youthful years of bachelorhood. The author........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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