It’s a shame you can’t embed gifs in the episode descriptions, because otherwise this would just be the Ron Paul It’s Happening! gif.
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Japanese white papers on karoshi, aging population, and declining birthrates (for some reason I couldn’t find the karoshi one more recently than 2017).
A recent Japan Times piece on hikikomori.
Hughes, David W. The Ashgate Research Companion to Japanese Music
Itoh, Keiko. The Japanese Community in Prewar Britain
Relevant Manga Sensei episode
Sado Miwa died in 2013; in 2017 NHK admitted that her death was a result of Karoshi.
Rita and Masataka Taketsuru, whose romance is genuinely and truly adorable.
Kawakami Otojiro, who was in his day a pretty famous comedian.
The emblem of Japan’s Prime Minister.
The Nikka distillery in Yoichi, Hokkaido,.