Photos of a sleeping, overworked and underpaid Japan
...So underpaid in fact, that they can't even afford a home.
Not really. But there appears to be a reasoning for this Nihon narcolepsy.
Danny Choo has written an article on his site about this phenom:
Sleeping in Tokyo is safe and easy. And if you do it in public, it is also cheap. There seem to be a few primary reasons for public sleepers: tired from work, passed-out drunk, in-between shifts for delivery or taxis, and homeless. The first three types are fair game for photos, I think.
Here we see some folks dozing at a McDonalds between bites of fries. You can see some more pictures of Japanese sleeping... wherever, in this Tokyo Asleep Flikr album.
Try getting away with that in New York!