Japan's "salarymen" have suffered a sharp cut in personal disposable income over recent years, says a survey by Shinsei Bank.
The bank's report underlines Japan's economic decline over the past three decades.
Salarymen, envied for their stable job and benefits in the 1960s and 1970s, have seen their pocket money fall to Y39,756 (about $510) a month this year, nearly half the peak of Y77,725 in 1990.
The pocket money is traditionally handed to the salaryman in an envelope by his wife after his monthly wages have been paid into the family's bank account that she controls.
The salaryman's average monthly wage has also fallen over the past 14 years but not by as much as his personal spending money.
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(Jiji Press )