[Music] this is Makoto a 27 year old single seller man living in Tokyo and he’s just waking up her work he prefers to skip showers in the morning as well as skipping breakfast at home very common in Japan and also time efficient his house is relatively large for Tokyo but he shares it with his family who run their business from the first floor looks like the rest of the family is still asleep in summer Tokyo becomes unbearably hot so he dresses in cool biz meaning light attire no tie or suit jacket some traditional Japanese companies don’t agree though and you’ll catch some of these salarymen walking the streets in the video Makoto how long does it take you to get ready so you think are you ready you may leave us [Music] mikoto lives too far from the nearest train station ah cabana to walk every morning so he takes a machete a Japanese slang for mom’s bike many people who live far from the station ride their bikes and park them and paid spaces as a city confiscate spikes in undesignated spots so there’s this unwritten escalator etiquette in Tokyo stand on the left and walk on the right as you can see market is excited to get to work so no standing for him so a coupon is in the northern part of Tokyo right Nick the Saitama Marcoses office is located in Korakuen which is luckily in the northern part of Tokyo as well as so he only has a 30 minute train ride to work which is half the time for a standard Tokyo commute but he does have to transfer at Midway and take two trains to get to work time to transfer trains [Music] mikoto how was the train ride about Saint in your home or not conducive to my gosh Thomas oh look that’s Tokyo Dome that’s pretty cool but the trains must be crazy busy on game day Mikoto works for our company called mobile a sim card provider in Japan Mikoto has hired straight out of university and he plans to stay with mobile his entire career another characteristic of a Japanese salary man so he’s gonna pay with an IC card commonly used in Japan and convenience trains taxis restaurants and even vending machines all with one touch oh how convenient his office is in the same building as the convenience as the youngest employee in the company is always the first one to arrive at the office it gives him family good opportunity and get some work done [Music] Makoto how many people are in the office when you is ruining the image of the intelligence the first person came in and more these two ladies are interns that Mikoto is helping manage and that’s his boss although with the small Koki office you can see that Mikoto sits next to his boss without any barriers open seating style what are you doing now in larger Japanese companies usually an office lady would prepare tea and coffee in the morning but in smaller companies you’ll find the youngest person will be tasked with many of the day-to-day administration seems like Michael does happy to do it though it’s about to get really busy we’re gonna be going to a lot of places but that’s kind of like what happens when you work at a small office you kind of have to do everything and Mikoto you come to in turns on the lights makes a car for everyone I don’t know it’s just like very similar to your country let me know in the comments he’s off to his first appointment now how much time do you have until the meeting so Mikoto’s official title is marketing advisor which is kind of vague in fact his business card doesn’t even have a title on it which will make a bit more sense as a video goes on Mikoto where are you going right now Sherman all I hereby sancocho my shop for the money must get all so funny you give us so Mikoto is visiting a coffee roaster in schema to prepare shipments for the company’s subscribers it seems kind of odd for a SIM card company to be in copies of triptans but the business is part of the company’s initiative as it donates all the earnings to charity called warm hearts coffee club managing this effort is also part of my kotas job right now as we speak oh wait I think I’m missing it now he’s heading to Shibuya from squishy Mount which are on opposite ends of Tokyo another 30 minute train ride so where are you going now Shariati no they missed among I’d already much asorio potato tomato juice a tiny dose if you’ve been working in Japan long enough like me you’ll notice that there’s almost an excessive amount of face-to-face meetings in between companies even though many interactions have already done over the phone Japanese feel it’s important to meet and talk in person to build strong relationships in fact makoto spends a lot of his day traveling on the train between home office and client visits all save you from the monotony and edit out most of the travelling but pay close attention to the time in between locations that gets eaten up by travel he doesn’t have a lot of time for a sit-down lunch so he’s gonna pick up some food at the supe or an English supermarket then head back to the office to grind out emails he missed during the meetings [Music] he’s unconscious in a minute thank us I don’t want to bother him during this lunch so let’s go forward explore on this office that’s the other barrier we came in on there’s a company here so it looks like it’s like three rooms are like three companies on this floor and then you have the men’s bathroom and then you have the women’s bathroom like all videos let’s check out what it looks like I don’t know do you guys looking at other people’s bathrooms or is it just me oh so one toilet on the floor and with the standard Japanese washed it and it looks like they do have this sink area which is pretty centered as well on most floors with like these something’s like small business floors I think it’s like pretty much required to have like a sink and instead of having one office and everyone shares like this like common space you know what’s actually in these boxes are SIM cards like free SIM card service for the rest of your life that’s crazy so I think I found something what’s this what’s this little thing here what’s this Mikoto you travel so much can you use taxis instead to get around factionism oh I know the tension a ghost a Makarov pistol I bet it was great Oscar Thomas hey man it’s not straight not impossible to get question with the answer yes [Music] so now Makoto and his boss are going at me with Softbank their supplier for SIM cards in more formal Japanese meetings it’s normal to take several people from the company in fact I’ve been in meetings with more than ten people from one company attend nice one of the first Japanese business manners to master is the Macy cocon meaning business card exchange at the first meeting Macy : is a must it would be quite embarrassing to not have a card as you would be viewed as incompetent or a person of no importance there are many rules such as how to hold the card with both hands how to dress herself how to set the card on the table and to not put away the card until after the meeting but that’s a video for another day it’s also Japanese business etiquette to show your clients at the elevator and to maintain the bow until the door closes [Music] so it’s five o’clock now and it’s just that kind of quiet I thought this is just finishing up some emails to this time not a lot to do before finishes at 6:00 aside from all the emails that he missed throughout the day so he’s just been working away and you would expect the day wouldn’t be complete without a visit and the delivery yay finally done just a little past 6:00 time to clock out and call it a day or maybe right are you going straight home we’re gonna eat your baby what’s gonna do put you there mother see you later before going to the next spot he needs to buy some postage stamps to send out a few documents luckily most convenience stores have a post box inside oh when electrons get closer you’ll often see these campaign cars near large stations so Makoto’s company also supports an after-school program twice a week he mentors the kids and eats dinner with him not so uncommon for Japanese element to work all these additional hours won’t show you that yes what you’re the kind of us and now the day is done back at his home station [Music] Oh No he still has work after getting home you want you to come out any second off you made it a question though would you consider to keep quite to give me your money cuz getting else that’s a true Japanese salary man spirit finally like most Japanese a bat that night before he goes to sleep I mean who would want to climb in a bed after sweating all day without a bath [Music] all right so that’s the end of Marco Thursday what do you guys think you guys like this day in the life series I’m actually gonna have a bunch more of these so definitely hit that subscribe button the bell button if you want to see more of these videos as you can see Mikoto his his chilling has been quite a long day that he’s had he’d have actually been to so many places traveling on the train sisters just right there just chilling I think his mom just came home it’s just been quite a long day if you guys like this video helped me out and hit that like button if you guys want to see what I’m doing on the daily then definitely check out my Instagram channel and I guess that’s it I’ll see you guys in the next one

Day in the Life of an Average Japanese Salaryman in Tokyo

100 thoughts on “Day in the Life of an Average Japanese Salaryman in Tokyo

  • July 6, 2019 at 2:13 am
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    My Day in the Life Video Series Playlist – https://bit.ly/2FXYTwz
    Also, Comment on what other Day in the Life vids you want to see!

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  • August 9, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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    ayy nobody gon comment 00:24????

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  • August 9, 2019 at 4:50 pm
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    Id rather die than living like this

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  • August 9, 2019 at 6:12 pm
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    Certified Platinum!!!!!

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  • August 9, 2019 at 9:37 pm
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    This video was AMAZING, the way you filmed and the annotations and timestamps, I love this omg. Did he let you film him because it counts as Marketing?

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  • August 9, 2019 at 10:01 pm
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    Poor boy , work so hard for his boss

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  • August 9, 2019 at 11:24 pm
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    jesus dont use that kind of blur in japanese faces. oh god those flashbacks

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  • August 10, 2019 at 2:13 am
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    Japan must calm down!

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  • August 10, 2019 at 5:11 am
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    How about a students day.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 9:06 am
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    Can foreign life scientists get job in japan

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  • August 10, 2019 at 9:21 am
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    Thank you for the video. Even bigger thanks to Makoto for making it happen. He seems like a very nice person. Lucky UK company. I hope that they reward him properly.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 11:16 am
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    Our young ones are pretty useless. Complain and don't want to work. A few do most of the work.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 12:26 pm
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    Honestly, I don't think his job is that bad. It's not like he's behind his desk 8 hours straight. He gets to meet lots of people and the time traveling can be spent reading books or he could whip out his Switch. Sucks he has to answer emails at home tho

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  • August 10, 2019 at 12:55 pm
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    I just love this video.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 1:30 pm
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    No wonder these people kill themselves so often. Holy shit

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  • August 10, 2019 at 1:47 pm
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    Work in japan is not santuy…

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  • August 10, 2019 at 2:09 pm
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    taxis are so hilariously expensive and unnecessary in japan the only people who actually use it are families of tourists or people who need to get themselves somewhere asap like in an emergency

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  • August 10, 2019 at 4:12 pm
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    Work ethic.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 4:30 pm
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    Super interesting! I love Japan! ^.^

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  • August 10, 2019 at 4:44 pm
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    like indonesian, senior always right

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  • August 10, 2019 at 6:03 pm
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    Hello there. Its always nice to see anything relating to the Japanese people because of a long list of their positive attributes. As regards to this video on a scale of 10, I will award 8 points. But it looks like a school uniform. What could be done is to add up some spice by twisting the format. Over all a good work and keep it up.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 6:10 pm
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    Great vids Paolo, hope you do a Day in the Life of an Average Filipino Outsourced employee haha.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 6:31 pm
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    Makoto you are ana amzing person!! Kudos. please double his salary he works so hard.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 6:38 pm
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    Makoto is very personable and very friendly, I like him.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 6:48 pm
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    Great video, where was the white boss from please

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  • August 10, 2019 at 7:50 pm
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    4:10 , well, in India if you're not getting tea/ making photocopies are you even an intern?

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  • August 10, 2019 at 9:08 pm
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    Please keep making videos. Also, what do people in Japan do for fun???

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  • August 10, 2019 at 10:08 pm
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    This is probably one of the most depressing videos I've seen on youtube…

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  • August 10, 2019 at 11:24 pm
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    The people in the comments who are being so dramatic have any of y'all actually worked a real job?

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  • August 11, 2019 at 12:57 am
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    i don't get why people are surprised about his work hours, i mean, in Brazil (where I'm from) office workers normally also work from 8am to 6pm

    The main difference that i would say is that there we have a launch time, which may vary between 30 minutes to 2 hours

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  • August 11, 2019 at 1:14 am
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    No secret drifting life

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  • August 11, 2019 at 2:32 am
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    03:29 the intern is cute.. <3

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  • August 11, 2019 at 3:10 am
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    the formality in these office settings is so stifling. I'd imagine they would get more work done and get off work faster without all these useless customs like making coffee for everyone and traveling 1hr to another company for a FAQ that can be answered via email.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 3:34 am
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    Get that thing of your chin.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 4:04 am
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    I'm not sure how Makoto's usual life is without cameras but I think he was happy that someone had an interest in what he was doing. Although I could be totally wrong and he was just being polite.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 6:00 am
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    Although I'm Japanese, this video is very interesting.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 7:29 am
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    Thank God I am NOT japanese…..

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  • August 11, 2019 at 7:50 am
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    Any they wonder why so few children are born in Japan. I mean, who has the time or the energy?

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  • August 11, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    I love how people are pissing and moaning and pitying Makoto and his work life. He work life even by western standards is pretty good. You don't know if he has friends or is interested in someone. Plus I bet most people here spend their free time on stupid shit anyway.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:09 am
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    This shit is…

    Depressing

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  • August 11, 2019 at 11:21 am
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    So when does he contemplate suicide?

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  • August 11, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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    oh my god I'm so fricking tempted to just make a parody voice over, over this entire thing. Just letting everyone know that the Japanese work environment fucking sucks and is depressing as hell.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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    no shower…yuck Shower in the morning, so Marko is not Musty

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  • August 11, 2019 at 5:09 pm
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    What a hard working kid

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  • August 11, 2019 at 5:29 pm
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    This is crazy the dude has no time for him self in a full day

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:46 pm
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    I wish I had a guy at work who would serve me fresh ice coffee made with a Hario V60 . I am stuck drinking what the Sys Admin guys make at 5am every day

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:54 pm
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    now the whole world know that he never takes a bath every morning

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  • August 11, 2019 at 11:41 pm
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    Lmao who are they fooling

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  • August 12, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    paolo looks slow

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  • August 12, 2019 at 12:51 am
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    why are people in the comments acting like this is shocking?? this lifestyle isn't only common in japan — if you did a day in the life of a 27 year old american, you'd probably see a similarly chaotic day. many young people aren't paid fairly, so they need to work multiple jobs and long hours, especially those who couldn't go to college or those who don't have a business or STEM degree. young workers have a lack of freedom caused by capitalism, which both america and japan operate under

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  • August 12, 2019 at 1:09 am
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    This is actually quite motivational wake up early and be productive.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 1:33 am
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    I hope everyone that watched this video realize how precious free time is, if they didn't already. Thank you for sharing your day with us, Makoto.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 2:05 am
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    Very kind of Makoto to open his life rutine for us to see it 👏

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  • August 12, 2019 at 3:56 am
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    He does have time for himself he got done around 6 pm, he decided to use that time hanging out with the After school program kids. Then he checks his email before he sleeps. Thats a simple job, Better than the ramen shop.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 5:28 am
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    o dang so much work
    but i love how makoto still smiles and acts polite &happy

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  • August 12, 2019 at 6:13 am
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    Makoto is so adorable. 😍

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  • August 12, 2019 at 6:50 am
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    がんばろう ! Makoto (^ ω ^)ノ

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  • August 12, 2019 at 10:43 am
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    @3:59 "Fooled you, too slow boss" LOL

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  • August 12, 2019 at 12:18 pm
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    interesting & depressing

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  • August 12, 2019 at 12:25 pm
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    Makoto makes coffee for everyone in the office – and why not the interns? Aren't interns like the lowest in rank compared to a full-time worker and they're usually the ones doing all the menial task like making coffee, buying everyone lunch. etc

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  • August 12, 2019 at 12:30 pm
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    Hardwarming to see, yes! VERY HARD WORKING MY FRIEND, GOOD!

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  • August 12, 2019 at 4:17 pm
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    Lol it would be cool to see Japanese people in the Netherlands since there is not so much social hierarchy it's more role based. There is not much ritual stuff, it's just about getting things done.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    now i understand why fumiya chose to be a youtuber/celebrity😁😁😁

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  • August 12, 2019 at 7:28 pm
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    this is horror 😀 tbh

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  • August 12, 2019 at 7:51 pm
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    Great video! I wonder if you can catch up on Makoto. I’m interested in his stories too.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    I can not start any day in my life without showering I would feel tired and weired, I must refresh myself before I go out.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 8:48 pm
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    He left home 7:15 am and returned 10:30 pm !!! So the average of working hours is more than 14 hours!!!!
    wow 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

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  • August 12, 2019 at 11:06 pm
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    This is a weird episode of The Office

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  • August 13, 2019 at 12:03 am
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    im curious to know how much money he earns/?

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  • August 13, 2019 at 3:20 am
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    He is very sex

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  • August 13, 2019 at 4:21 am
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    This is xlnt, and I totally relate to our salaryman, having been an L.A. entrepreneur . . .but what I'm missing is the sense of work in a Downtown, of that trip down to the Highrise district and of a sort of cool Glamour that's in a corporate environment . . .we need a larger company to get this vibe . . .I get that people don't wear ties in the Tokyo summer, but I actually said "ouch!" for the missing ties, wanted to see them folded and held in hand during commute . . .

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  • August 13, 2019 at 6:11 am
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    It's really hard to live in Japan ..man !

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  • August 13, 2019 at 6:18 am
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    Anyone else saw the guy in front in 4:22 with his suit jacket dancing behind him

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  • August 13, 2019 at 6:26 am
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    He's skipping a stair when he walks the stair.

    Thats how dedicated he is.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 6:56 am
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    Jesus Christ, what a nightmare.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 8:02 am
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    Very interesting video. Would you mind add some details about the salary in japan?
    I don't know if you had those details in this video.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 8:40 am
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    he work 15 hours a day fuck that

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  • August 13, 2019 at 9:08 am
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    This video reminds me of the time, where i lived in Tokyo for 4 years in the past.. I didn't like living there that much, but I sometimes kinda miss it

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  • August 13, 2019 at 9:13 am
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    The office in japan

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  • August 13, 2019 at 10:13 am
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    He only starts at 8:20? That is later than I expected…

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  • August 13, 2019 at 10:45 am
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    meanwhile in other places at 3:30pm everybody shuts down their computers and watch the clock until 4pm so they can go home

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  • August 13, 2019 at 11:54 am
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    This is how the elite want us to be, too busy and too occupied with work and commute to even give a thought to whats going on around us behind the scenes, or to give a thought about or own health or problems. In my opinion, I don't think this is a "good" life, but I suppose it's better than alot of the alternatives and situations others find themselves in.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 1:26 pm
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    He didn't eat breakfast but spent a lot of tiring activities before lunch. By lunch, I would assume he is so hungry and tired, but ended up only eating some bread WHILE WORKING.

    Man, I love Japan but their work-life balance sucks. Does it even exist? 😥

    EDIT: He's done at 6pm? This is a lie kidding 😁😁

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  • August 13, 2019 at 1:44 pm
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    No wonder everytime Japan comes out stronger be it nagasaki / fukushima or tsunami they bounce back through sheer hard work..

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  • August 13, 2019 at 1:45 pm
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    Better to be a farm labourer in japan than a office worker.imao

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  • August 13, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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    wow no wonder Makoto looks malnourished, he barely eats anything.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 6:22 pm
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    That ice coffe looks disgusting BUAH

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  • August 13, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Makoto is young, so this doesn't bother him that much. Imagine how he will feel once he hits his 40's and 50's? His body will have a hard time holding up to this grind of walking everywhere every day.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 8:05 pm
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    Omg I’d like to see his pay packet

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  • August 13, 2019 at 10:00 pm
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    im afraid the interns are interning in something rather special if theyre not even responsible for coffee and shit

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  • August 13, 2019 at 10:11 pm
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    i like the way japan society has respect and polite manners, and they are hard working people, kudos from america!

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  • August 13, 2019 at 11:48 pm
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    Meanwhile you got millennials in the US complaining about not getting paid enough to do nothing all day.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 3:03 am
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    Poor makoto ..

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  • August 14, 2019 at 4:41 am
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    So much walking – Westerners wouldn't make it past 10AM

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  • August 14, 2019 at 4:56 am
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    I’ve heard that a lot of people in Tokyo fall asleep in the train due to them working so hard all day.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 5:09 am
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    Very intersting in El Salvador is very different , nice video

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  • August 14, 2019 at 5:15 am
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    Fairly similar to Korea here. Totally full inside the subway train during rush hours 8am~8:50am

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  • August 14, 2019 at 5:29 am
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    Bro makoto is dope, I hope he finds a nice girl and takes a good two week vacation

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