When the earthquake struck on 311 the nuclear industry was knocked off line depriving the Tokyo region of 30% of its power. The government ordered that industry reduce its power intake to adjust to the lack of power and prevent brown-outs. Even now 5 months after the quake the inside of trains have their interior lights turned off, escalators have been stopped and often only half of building elevators have been running.
There was a big push to have the Japanese salary man take off his suit so as to allow the air conditioning to be turned down in offices. But the office culture has resisted. They have turned down the A/C but they’re still wearing the suits, roasting in their own juices. It isn’t the average worker that is still saying no to a cool shirt, no it’s the old guard. The older generation, the elderly management workers are the ones standing against the push to relax office dress codes and they are the ones who set the trend. Japanese workers can’t leave home until the manager does, and they can’t wear comfortable shirts, FOR the good of the nation, if the managers don’t.
Then in a curious move there has been a push for the office worker to change to Hawaiian shirts even though they aren’t professional looking and in Japan are associated with gangsters. It’s almost like the Japanese are purposely sabotaging the casual office campaign.
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“Super Cool Biz” isnt it? Called something like that. They have been pushing for “relaxed work wear” in the summer for years in an attempt to save on what are yearly simply massive cooling bills.
Frankly, People rolling around town and on trains in suits when it’s 36 degrees out look like absolute fools.
Being away from Tokyo was great, not one suit spotted, not one.
“An aloha shirt is definitely not for the company worker type who drives around in a hybrid electric car and takes his children to drive-in restaurants,” Tokoro said. “An aloha shirt only looks perfect on a guy who has the air of a tinkerer who is always working on his clunker of a car. ”
Oh for fucks sake. Ignorant racism is everyfuckingwhere.
Go to the nicest restaurants in Hawaii and the Millionaires are rocking Tommy Bahama’s or other very nice Aloha shirts. Let those stupid motherfuckers slowly roast in their own suits. Dumb mother fuckers.
I concur. Heavily. This shit is outofcontrol.
Giving a salaryman point of view in this, it’s rather hard to go inot cool biz wear when you boss is not doing it and maybe sending you hints or being straight forward by saying that “casual” is not formal and “casual” will not look good in a meeting with the higher up…I say yeah well kiss my ass, but when your freaking boss keeps ranting about the cool biz outfit, there if no other way around it but to just cook in your juices.
I do see in a near future a stink like in the french tubes in summer…it’s just nasty
My assault then is directed against the “boss” and not the worker bee. Damn formality!
Who the hell wears rayon aloha shirts? That shit is for tourists!
I love aloha shirts.