Recently the Asahi News reported the following:
Businessman's pocket money : at the minimum level since the bubble. The amount of the average pocket money was 36,500 yen a month, which had decreased by more than 4,100 yen when compared to last year, as Shinsei Bank's consumer finance company the "Newborn Financial" examined the situation in spring of this year. It seemed that it was overcome by cutting down the amount of lunch expenses and the drink money.
It was the 4th year in a row to decrease. It fell below 40,000 yen after an interval of seven years, and it dropped to a 29-year low level (since 1982). It didn't come up to even half of 76,000 yen during the bubble economy era (1990) which was currently the highest amount.
The drink money on any one occasion had decreased by more than 650 yen to become 3,540 yen, although last year the frequency of dining out after work on the way home was the same as that of the previous year: at 2.9 times a month. The lunch fee was 490 yen, decreased by more than 10 yen compared to last year too. The number of those who brought the box lunch from home also had increased. The Newborn saw that "Because the feeling of actual economic recovery is lacking, and uneasiness about the future is also deep-rooted, purse strings might not be loosened".
Obviously, the wage earning class in Japan is now having a hard time.