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Representative Director Yoichi Yamane

February 19, 2024

The story of the filial piety trap

In many cases, Mogic workers have relatives far away and may one day care for someone from a distance.

If so, I am thinking about what the company should do in anticipation of such a situation.

First, I will quote from a book that gives a clear picture of the realities of long-distance caregiving.

A Happy Form of Long-Distance Caregiving
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Shibata: (I am currently living in Tokyo.) I am an only child, and my mother lived alone at home in Toyama after my father died.

So when my mother fell ill and needed care, I initially considered taking her in.

But I stopped.

I knew I would be rejected.


It sounds good to say long-distance caregiving, but it sounds like a tease, or like I am making excuses for not being able to properly care for my parents because I am leaving everything to someone else.


Just then, I was working with Mr. Kawauchi on TV, and he told me, "You know, I've been working with you for a long time, but I'm not sure I'm ready for this.

He said, "It's not easy for parents and children who have been living apart from each other to suddenly move in together just because their parents need nursing care.


Kawauchi: To begin with, if you live apart from your parents, you cannot go back to your parents' house that often.

Transportation costs are also very difficult, so many people probably only return once or twice a year, during the Obon or New Year's holidays.

When such people jump over the moderate distance they have felt between themselves and their parents and suddenly take them into a close relationship, i.e., their home, just because their parents need care, they often become frustrated with each other and the parent-child relationship collapses between parent and child, despite the child's wishes.

It's called the "filial piety trap."

Well, I am reminded that it is called a filial piety trap.

It should be the best thing to care about others and do what is best for you.

But the story is that it has unwanted consequences for both parties.

I think it is like an old saying I heard somewhere, and I also feel that the ideal situation is to have someone listen to you during difficult times, and to be able to help casually with the people you work with.