Turning a new page: Japanese youth in transition

Japanese youth in Yoyogi Park (© Arthur Pazo)

For decades, the Japanese young person’s recipe for success later in life has gone something like this: study hard, pass exams, get into the best university, get a job for life and then work 12 to 16 hours a day. This is the formula that helped turn Japan into one of the world’s economic powerhouses, but more and more young people are asking whether there shouldn’t be more to life than just work. 

Producer: Eric Beauchemin

Broadcast: November 14, 1994