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Ricky Lopez Roberts 04262002 Alcohol in Japanese Society The teenage boy walks down the street with a few yen in his pockets towards a large softly glowing vending machine outside of a local grocery store Hes thirsty and pulls the coins from his pockets and slides them within a machine He leans down pressing a button selecting his beverage and it plops down into the bin The cold metal can of Kirin beer is picked up popped open and drank from as the boy walks back down the street from where he came from How is it possible that there are no ID checks security or control over the beverage In Japan it is quite legal for alcohol to be sold to the common public without any kind of lawful control over it In fact in restaurants and bars in Japan its legally not required to check IDs In Japan whether business or social gatherings its quite common for alcohol to be the main drink ordered In fact many business meetings take place while both parties are inebriated and rare parties if any are without a large supply of Japanese beer wine or sake Why is alcohol such an integral part of a modern society There are a few answers to this question that have been explained by social studies and observations Some people think it is because of the high stress and pressure put on the business world while others say it is due to the carefree lifestyle of social groups and the attitude taken by the law and government towards alcohol in general For example its not illegal to be drunk in public as long as you dont make a nuisance of yourself Concerning health issues the problems caused by excessive drinking are largely ignored by the society and are often laughed at What isnt funny is that there are about 4000 deaths due to drunk driving in Japan and almost
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