(Translation): In the meeting, Mayumi Moriyama, ex Minister of Justice, said "Like when there was an Oil Shock, we should do as much as we can do, like suspending TV broadcasting." Koichi Kato agreed by saying "We should consider that suggestion in order to let Japanese citizens understand the Kyoto agreement as well." There were some officials even asking "Is there any reason TV shows are broardcasted in midnights?"
Looks like they think people don't sleep until very late in the midnight because there are so many TV shows airing until late.
Do you SERIOUSLY think that's the reason and people go to bed early if we suspend the program?
The fact is this (and yes, everyone knows this):
- Employees are forced to work until very late, like 11pm or 12am.
- They usually live apart from central Tokyo where their offices are, because of the high rent fee in those areas. It typically takes 45-60 minutes to get from the office to their home using subway and trains.
- They probably get by a convenience-store to get their food and it is 24 hours open.
- They have the food and while watching some TV shows live or probably recorded on their DVR. And probably do things like netsurfing, youtubing and niconico etc.
- They take a bath or shower.
- Now it's easily 2 or 3AM.
I believe this is the typical end of day of office workers in Tokyo. There are lots of things to be improved in the bullet lists, and suspending TV programming in midnight doesn't help, at all.
I'd love to see the discussion of applying Daylight Saving Time in Japan. I know there are lots of pros and cons (probably more cons) for DST but discussing about the possiblity would be definitely more useful, than just saying "People did this at the time of Oil Shock, blah blah blah".