Day in the Life of an Average Japanese Salaryman in Tokyo

  • Published: 06 July 2019
  • Japanese work day at a Japanese office for an average Japanese salaryman in a Tokyo office. Living in Japan and working in Japan is quite a unique experience. This is a day in the life of Japanese worker, Makoto, 27 years old who lives in a Tokyo 3-story house with his family. This Tokyo salaryman works in a small Tokyo office, but spends many of his Japan working hours traveling from client to client on the Tokyo trains. Makoto works for a company called Mobal and as many Japanese salarymen, he entered the company straight from a Japanese University and he plans to spend his entire salaryman career at the same company. That is the life in Japan for a salaryman. We take a look inside what it's like to work in a small Tokyo office as well as to visit clients throughout Tokyo city area. His job experiences maybe unique to his company, but fundamentally he is very much an average salaryman. He commutes by train everyday to get to work and has to ride his mama-chari bike to get to the train station from his home. This Tokyo salaryman life has him arriving to work early and working late. As a salaryman, Makoto receives a standard salary every month for all the long work hours. The Japanese office is also configured so his boss' desk is right in front of him, quite a Japanese style office working environment. This very average Japanese work day and work lifestyle showcases a true day in Japan work life.


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Comments • 14 721

  • Paolo fromTOKYO
    Paolo fromTOKYO   5 months back

    My Day in the Life Video Series Playlist -
    Also, Comment on what other Day in the Life vids you want to see!

    • suma_kun 129
      suma_kun 129  3 days back

      A student doing part time job

    • Sagar Kamble
      Sagar Kamble  2 weeks back

      Similar lifestyle of every person in Bangalore, India.

      But people here are rude, filthy, and no sense of driving on the road

    • A Google User
      A Google User  2 weeks back

      I was in Tokyo November 30-December 30, 2018, and drank alcohol and soft drinks daily but don’t recognize the packaging.

    • A Google User
      A Google User  2 weeks back

      What’s he drinking at the end, alcohol?

    • tylerfreeman100
      tylerfreeman100  2 weeks back

      Hey could you do a day in the life of a Japanese electrical lineman? I’m curious about how they climb and work the trade. Thanks!

  • Yamil Marques de Mello
    Yamil Marques de Mello  17 minutes back

    This explains the suicide rates very well...

    • Xan5
      Xan5  29 minutes back

      He seems like a really nice guy, and so do most Japanese people. Why do they all expect from each other to work so hard? I know salary may be low, but why drink with your boss after work and be in the office in weekend? Nobody likes that I presume.

        INFAMOUS_JEDI  34 minutes back

        What is camera etiquette in Japan?

        • Arturo Gavidia
          Arturo Gavidia  2 hours back

          Wow its True, they work VERY hard but at ther same time, they are not the most porductive

          • n00bforever
            n00bforever  2 hours back

            this is legit depressing

            • Angel Eyes
              Angel Eyes  2 hours back

              Respect to this man, and the Japanese in general for being able to work like this. Doesn't appeal to me, but I guess this is one of the reasons Japan are so far ahead of the west

              • meraw
                meraw  3 hours back

                This is not as soul crushing as people are making it sound? At least he moves around the city a bit and doesn't have to sit down at his desk all day

                • Ban
                  Ban  3 hours back

                  I don't think maintaining this kind of workaholic culture is good when your country is on low birth-rate and high suicide-rate. If I work really hard to get a degree that leads me into this daily basis of work, I would like to work my way up as criminal and purses my carrier as a seller in the black market instead.

                  • LunaVeau
                    LunaVeau  3 hours back

                    American here: At work right now watching this doing nothing until I can leave, go home, and do nothing. I have no value.

                    • Carlos Neri
                      Carlos Neri  5 hours back

                      What a shitty life

                      • 根の葦の
                        根の葦の  7 hours back


                        • Van
                          Van  7 hours back

                          I'm on my last year of high school and I seriously fear this life, I'm not lazy or anything, I just I don't want to be a salaryman...
                          Sadly, life doesn't always go our way and most people settle with what they have, no matter how repetitive or meaningless their job feel.

                          • ZAKO
                            ZAKO  8 hours back

                            I just feel sad for makoto man....

                            • T Yoshizawa
                              T Yoshizawa  8 hours back

                              More day in the life episodes please 🙏

                              • solid snake
                                solid snake  11 hours back

                                great videos watching on binge greets from Bosnia

                                • Amir GB
                                  Amir GB  12 hours back

                                  All in this video sad except his hairstyle

                                  • Rodrigo Cordoba
                                    Rodrigo Cordoba  13 hours back

                                    And I am complaining having only 3 days off after 5 days on 🤣🤣🤣

                                    • prod. rvvs
                                      prod. rvvs  14 hours back

                                      This is depressing

                                      • Patrick
                                        Patrick  18 hours back

                                        I've got curious about Makoto's boss' background, since he's a Japanese fluent foreigner working with SIM Cards in Japan.

                                        • Matt
                                          Matt  20 hours back

                                          His life looks like a dream to me........

                                          • pippo spano
                                            pippo spano  20 hours back

                                            I'd prefer living in tribal Afghanistan rather than Japan, and I'm not joking by the least bit.

                                          • El canal de 帅
                                            El canal de 帅  20 hours back

                                            Any time to have fun?

                                            • OLORATO LEFENYA TSWANA QUEEN

                                              No shower in the morning but loads of walking around????

                                              • LesPaul2006
                                                LesPaul2006  22 hours back

                                                What kind of stupid, out of touch CEO disagrees with cool biz attire in the summer? Jesus.

                                                • Nodus Tollens
                                                  Nodus Tollens  22 hours back

                                                  That intern is hot

                                                  • mariuxxxx1
                                                    mariuxxxx1  23 hours back

                                                    He lives such boring life like a robot

                                                    • Matt
                                                      Matt  23 hours back

                                                      Not a bad gig considering half the job is just travelling around the city. I'd rather do that than sit at a desk all day.

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                                                        Nice video! This appeared on my Home > Recommended page. I enjoyed watching and seeing the differences with my work day vs. Makoto where I drive to work (garage to garage) and sit much of the day at my desk LOL. I like how he pretends you're not in the room as you're talking to us on camera :)

                                                        • Aaron Spurlock
                                                          Aaron Spurlock  1 days back

                                                          Damn that looks incredibly stiff and inefficient, especially a bunch of dumb etiquette rules, drab and sad, he might have some time to himself if he didn't have to walk everywhere.

                                                          • mellamankill
                                                            mellamankill  1 days back

                                                            Very good vidéo quality content 💪💪💥

                                                            • Julian Davis
                                                              Julian Davis  1 days back

                                                              I really don't get the comments. If you take out the volunteering he does, than his life is pretty much the same as most people working in London.

                                                              • xy ♡
                                                                xy ♡  1 days back

                                                                Paolo: "is this like really similar to your country?"
                                                                me, an american: _not. even. close_

                                                                • Synpax
                                                                  Synpax  1 days back

                                                                  What a miserable fucking existence. No wonder these guy's suicide rates are off the chart.

                                                                  • Jake Di Domenico
                                                                    Jake Di Domenico  1 days back

                                                                    Feel bad for the guy but cant stop laughing at the comment section

                                                                    • molokofreak
                                                                      molokofreak  1 days back

                                                                      what a useless fucks, ten fucking people on meetings.

                                                                      • hi
                                                                        hi  1 days back

                                                                        I love Japanese etiquette

                                                                        • hi
                                                                          hi  1 days back

                                                                          his belt is pissing me off.

                                                                          • Meatbun
                                                                            Meatbun  1 days back

                                                                            i hope he earn alot with those task everyday ... if not then not worth that work imo

                                                                            • Artchert
                                                                              Artchert  1 days back

                                                                              Not even japanede but this is thr closest I've ever seen to my own daily routine lol

                                                                              ...but his trains seem to be on time

                                                                              • max brenes
                                                                                max brenes  1 days back

                                                                                The videos remind me of all the spots we hit during our trip to Japan this year. I still have my suica card. Hopefully will use it again one day.

                                                                                • Walt Kowalski
                                                                                  Walt Kowalski  1 days back

                                                                                  god this is not life

                                                                                  • MTG|ASMR
                                                                                    MTG|ASMR  1 days back

                                                                                    Now I understand why that one forest is so popular in Japan...

                                                                                    • Aditya Madhi
                                                                                      Aditya Madhi  1 days back

                                                                                      3:29 Did he just said "Hi, how are you"

                                                                                      • Wae1
                                                                                        Wae1  1 days back

                                                                                        0:24 did he just shave his entire face?

                                                                                        • jerry m
                                                                                          jerry m  2 days back

                                                                                          This is just not so good

                                                                                          • kotha abhinav reddy
                                                                                            kotha abhinav reddy  2 days back

                                                                                            Make some videos during japenese festivals where women wear hinata or kimono I don't know very much i just saw in animes festival season in Japan is so entertaining and good
                                                                                            Some fishing games other types games food stalls i saw in anime I want to see them in real life

                                                                                            • kotha abhinav reddy
                                                                                              kotha abhinav reddy  2 days back

                                                                                              Paolo make some videos during winter season of japan