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Regarding Michael Hoffman’s June 24 column, “The doomsday cult of 9-to-5 depression“: This 9-to-5 depression affects not only Japanese people. I’d gotten to the stage where I wanted to actually vomit in the morning if I had to face another day at my job.

So, despite not having another job to go to, when the time came for the new contract earlier this year, I said “No thanks.”

I figured it would take about two months for my eating, sleeping and general mood to recover from the several years I’d spent at that job, and I was right. The seemingly never-ending demands for MORE with no encouragement, gratitude or reward became too much and I just had to leave.

I knew from previous occasions that asking for time off, even with an explanation of the problem, would garner no sympathy and I’d be told I should find another job if I couldn’t cope. In fact, management had been saying just that to us on a regular basis for about a year or so. My situation now is less than enviable, I’m still out of work, but for the sake of my health, I had to do it.

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

name withheld by request

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