Working-age Japan's howl of rage against the elderly

A minute or two of a newly shot mobile phone video captures an elderly man repeatedly and, it seems, deliberately, preventing the door of a packed Nagoya commuter train from closing. It has, of course, gone viral.

The footage, co-starring flustered station staff and passengers at the end of their tethers, is exquisite theatre.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2019, with the headline 'Working-age Japan's howl of rage against the elderly'. Print Edition | Subscribe