|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
Spoilt young working women see nothing wrong in sponging off parents
Panja March By Takeshi Ito
Since the bursting of the so-called "bubble economy," most people in this country have reduced their spending.
But there are notable exceptions to this --- single women working in offices.
For people wondering why many OLs can continue to buy famous brand clothes and fly out of the country for a vacation at will, Panja offers a revelation.
According to the magazine, these big spenders are members of a littleknown group called sune-kaji.
These women are so-named by the magazine because they endorse, with open arms, the practice of sponging off their parents.
According to Panja, such spoiled women are steadily increasing in number as more and more overprotective parents decide against treating their fully grownup daughters as mature women.
Panja is astonished to find that these working women do not even think that dependence on their parents is something to be ashamed of.
"Right now, I ask them to remit 100,000 yen to my bank account a month so that I can pay my rent and utility bills," declares Emiko Taguchi.
The 28-year-old worker at a metropolitan radio station says she needs 270,000 yen every month to pay for food and clothes.
But she only makes 200,000 yen a month. "In addition to the monthly remittance, they give me cash and buy me clothes and jewelry," notes Taguchi.
"Altogether, I think my parents are spending close to 3 million yen a year to help me."
Taguchi and other sune-kaji OLs believe accepting financial assistance makes their parents happier.
"It is a joy for them to give me money," asserts Tomomi Takatsuki, 22.
"My mother has no hobby. Her only purpose in life is to spend money on me so that I can marry and become happy," argues Mitsuko Ohba, 30.
Ohba says she now earns more than 6 million yen a year,but continues to "let them pay" as long as they insist.
panja informs that a typical sune-kaji woman lives with her parents and spends her entire salary on leisure.
She doesn't believe it is possible to live in Tokyo with her meager income alone and has no respect for an independent counterpart making ends meet with no parental assistance.
"These women are incredible.
Their strong attachment to material wealth amazes me," comments social critic Shunsuke Ashizawa.
He notes that the monthly salary most of these women take home is just short of 200,000 yen and that they should be able to live modestly with this income.
"But they have always spent money freely since school days," observes the critic.
"They believe material wealth equals their value as a person."
Ashizawa tells Panja that these women will never change.
"They will continue to live the same way by replacing their parents with a husband." (TI)