Japan Unemployment Japanese unemployment hit a record high today: four-point-nine percent. That doesn't seem so bad by U.S. standards but it is devastating in Japan where "lifetime employment" was a given until a few years ago. The actual rate is probably higher because Japanese statistics don't reflect those who have given up looking for work. Especially hard hit are middle aged men, some of whom try to hide the fact that they are unemployed by dressing for work everyday, boarding the subway, and then sitting in the library. They are the "ghost workers" of Japan. NPR's Eric Weiner reports.