Alcohol in Japanese Society
The teenage boy walks down the street with a few yen in his pockets towards a large,
softly glowing vending machine outside of a local grocery store. He's thirsty and pulls the coins
from his pockets and slides them within a machine. He leans down pressing a button, selecting
his beverage, and it plops down into the bin. The cold, metal can of Kirin beer is picked up,
popped open, and drank from as the boy walks back down the street from where he came
from. How is it possible that there are no ID checks, security, or control over the beverage?
In Japan, it is quite legal for alcohol to be sold to the common public without any kind of lawful
control over it. In fact, in restaurants and bars in Japan, it's legally not required to check IDs.
In Japan, whether business or social gatherings it's quite common for alcohol to be the
main drink ordered. In fact, many business meetings take place while both parties are inebriated
and rare parties, if any, are without a large supply of Japanese beer, wine, or sake. Why is alcohol
such an integral part of a modern society? There are a few answers to this question that have been
explained by social studies and observations. Some people think it is because of the high stress
and pressure put on the business world, while others say it is due to the carefree lifestyle of social
groups and the attitude taken by the law and government towards alcohol in general. For
example, it's not illegal to be drunk in public as long as you don't make a nuisance of yourself.
Concerning health issues, the problems caused by excessive drinking are...