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Images Of A Post-Abenomics Euphoria Hangover

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With Japan's "Misery Index" at its highest in 33 years, it is not surprising that the population of salarymen have turned to the bottle (Johnnie Walker Black) once more. As is well known, Japanese culture dictates that businessmen should not offend their superiors by refusing a drink, but many find themselves imbibing far more than they can handle. The following ten images reflect the other side of Abenomics sentiment-crushing reality - salarymen in various states of intoxication sprawled on pavements, trains and street benches...


The train appears to be the most popular resting place when under the influence

Salarymen appear to be able to sleep in the smallest of spaces

Although taking up three seats could be considered greedy

If there isn't enough room to spread out, the walls can be utilised

Or the floor...

Not so much downward facing dog, more upward facing grog...

Inebriated sleeping can lead to Elvis Presley impersonations

It's one thing sleeping in your suit, but stripping off will definitely lead to your picture circulating the World Wide Web

Praying and sleeping simultaneously for base wage increases...

It's daytime!!

Source: The Telegraph and IZISMILE.com

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Wed, 06/11/2014 - 16:56 | 4846113 So Close
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Jap nap.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 16:57 | 4846123 Australian Economist
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Nip Kip

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:02 | 4846146 ZerOhead
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Doesn't Japan have cops with the tasers?...

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:02 | 4846159 CH1
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Doesn't Japan have cops with the tasers?

Only In America!!

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:09 | 4846179 Looney
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Hey, at least they are Nip-Napping! Our home-grown drunks would’ve been driving… and texting? ;-)


Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:10 | 4846194 McMolotov
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That's called multi-tasking, another example of Americans being exceptional.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:16 | 4846215 Say What Again
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OT but...

ZH readers might find this interesting

Ex-Goldman director Gupta loses bid to stay out of prison



Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:18 | 4846223 Looney
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Multi-tasking, just like “our exceptionalism”, is a myth! The only two tasks I can combine are farting and hiccups ;-)


Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:21 | 4846234 nuclearsquid
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This is what the NJ Transit Coast line looks like late Saturday night.


Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:24 | 4846247 Stackers
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They have padded seats in subways cars in Japan ?

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 18:05 | 4846340 Divided States ...
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Prease Dont Rake Me Up...Fank You

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 18:21 | 4846361 remain calm
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Abe's third arrow is apparently unlimited Sake for everyone until everyone is in an alcohol induced coma, problem fixed...no more misery

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 19:02 | 4846470 chumbawamba
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I've been to Japan and worked alongside those people before.  I've watched their television.  I have no idea how they continue to exist as a civilization.  I don't know why most of them continue on.  You can't really call what they have a "life", certainly not in our strange sense.  They are more like expendable machine parts, that get worked at maximum capacity all the time.  If they break, they're just a part.  Order a new one.  The tsunami and Fukushima could be seen as a favor from the gods.

I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 19:13 | 4846514 dogbreath
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been there done that

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 19:47 | 4846659 Yes We Can. But...
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Pics remind me of the year I spent teaching English in Tokyo.  Lived above a beauty-shop with a freaky gal/hooker from Tasmania, a German gal/hooker with a heroin problem, and a nice girl from New Zealand.  The evening trip home routinely required stepping around 'platform pizzas' - barf on the subway platforms, and stairwells in which lurked urine-soaked chronic drunks.  I can recommend to any young adult the eye-opening adventure of a year spent in Japan.  Pretty safe, and you can make enough teaching English to pay the bills....

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 02:19 | 4847592 The Navigator
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Chumbawamba you are right - "they're just a part to be replaced when broken"

But the same is true in the US, Germany, China - slaves to the corporation, and slaves to pay to the state - the robot slave makes just enough to pay bills, feed his family, and has nothing left over for savings. A neighbor who has a Phd, working in cancer research making close to $200k/yr, lost his home in 2009 and is renting since then, has 3 teenage girls that he cannot afford college fees for even 1 of them, and has no extra money for savings. He has a 20 year old Camry and a 1-year-old Nissan Optima, cannot afford vacations, and does not live an extravagent life. 

In SoCal, our State gas tax is $0.53/gal, our top State income tax rate is 13.x%, gas is $4.20/gal, electric bill for a 1,700SF home is $100/mo average, water bill is $40/mo. - nothing cheap in SoCal

A friend who lives in Malaysia pays $5/mo for water, $10/mo for electricty, $0.10/mo for gas (cooking and water heating) - not that I want to live in Malaysia - but WHY the big difference in price for "living" commodities.

The point is to keep us in the sheep pen, producing everyday, paying to keep "their" system going. A world-wide racket.

If America had public transportion, we'd have similar picts of Americans passed out on trains - but our guys are racing home in cars, trying to make it home before they pass out or get a DUI.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 03:58 | 4847661 The Blank Stare
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And I bet every man in those pictures will out live you

I am chumbadead

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:39 | 4848926 TomB
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I'm having a hard time to understand how someone who earns $200k a year can struggle to make ends meet. Where is all his money going to, does he have a gambling problem or another expensive addiction?

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 19:30 | 4846571 papa_lazarou
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Wow, you've been to Japan, huh? Obviously, you didn't learn a thing.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 21:40 | 4847066 chumbawamba
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No, I made it all up.  Obviously.

I am Chumbawamba.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:19 | 4848285 GuyJeans
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Ive lived in Japan for 18 years.. He hit the nail on the head, the Japanese are missing out on life.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 20:34 | 4846836 Dick Buttkiss
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What can one say; they're homogeneous to a fault:


Sadly, however, our "diversity" is but a bread-and-circuses mirage:



"Expendable machine parts" one and all.


Thu, 06/12/2014 - 08:24 | 4847894 NoPantsSpongeBob
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Their subway trains look clean and cushy though. I would be tempted to have a nap there.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 18:08 | 4846345 wee-weed up
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Yep, those padded seats look nice...

But I'll bet they reek of drunken vomit.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 18:59 | 4846467 25or6to4
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"This is what the NJ Transit Coast line looks like late Sat night". I'm sorry, these cars are way too clean and maintained to be any where in the US. Think these guys would still have their brief cases beside them after they pass out for more than ten seconds? Cloth seats on a US metro?

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 19:03 | 4846481 spekulatn
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Well said.


Very clean indeed.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:17 | 4846218 gh0atrider
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Watch the hangover the Zeroheads will have when they finally realize they missed three digit Bitcoin.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:45 | 4846299 max2205
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12 step program in yen is about 12000 steps

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 21:17 | 4846992 chumbawamba
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That's lolable, since the gold/silver bugs have been spewing the same BS.  We'll be right someday (hopefully 4Q2015).

I am Chumbawamba.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 02:35 | 4847605 The Navigator
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Regarless of Gold, Silver or Bitcoin, if there's a winner the .gov will step in to claim their share of profits via taxes - it will be interesting to see what 'black markets' develop to side-step confiscation/taxes.

LONG offshore non-bank safe deposit boxes.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:18 | 4846225 onewayticket2
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Li Tup & Fuk Tup 

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:20 | 4846232 NoDebt
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Sum Ting Wong

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 23:01 | 4847304 Moustache Rides
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lol.. American exceptionalism.. that's as much fun to say, and laugh at, as "green shoots".

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 18:28 | 4846390 kchrisc
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"Only In America!!"

Only in the DC US.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:03 | 4846160 NoDebt
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Do they all have those same suits ISSUED to them or something?

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:31 | 4846268 Pairadimes
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Get up you lazy bastards! The illusion must be maintained at all costs! You can sleep when you're dead!

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 18:08 | 4846347 Whalley World
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That's what they are saying to the homeless slaves toiling in Fukushima

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:08 | 4846177 Squid Viscous
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"didn't we drop two bombs on those people? what was in those things, fertilizer??"

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 19:37 | 4846607 newbie vampire
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"didn't we drop two bombs on those people? what was in those things, fertilizer??"

Johnny Walker black

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 16:58 | 4846125 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Looks like some days from my past. ;)

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:01 | 4846144 McMolotov
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They so sreepy.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:22 | 4846235 duo
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problem is, the trains don't run all night.  When the trains stop, conductors will boot your ass out onto the street.  I guess the capsule hotels are already full by the time these guys get on the trains.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 18:02 | 4846329 toothpicker
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laugh everytime I read that

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 22:02 | 4847137 williambanzai7
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Wed, 06/11/2014 - 22:38 | 4847245 Pig Circus
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I remember those days.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 16:58 | 4846129 G.O.O.D
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Fukushima flu.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 16:58 | 4846131 ebworthen
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I guess you can't worry when you're passed out.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:01 | 4846148 Grande Tetons
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Ignorance is bliss poured over two ice cubes. 

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:04 | 4846132 Squid Viscous
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Fire water, best weapon against the yellow man...now you must meet dragon wife and 6am ararm crock...poor bastards

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 02:50 | 4847621 The Navigator
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Yeah but, because your boss was there with you til just before the last train home, and had the same amount of liquor, you're not expected to do much before noon - so you get up at six and ride the 1st train in still inebriated.

It's a tough life in Japan for the Salaryman. Graduate from college, go to work, marry, have 1.2 kids, your wife "manages" your money, divorces you at age 50 and has all your earnings, and then you lose your job. Kind of a fucked life for many.

Like Chumbawamba said above, you're just a cog in the wheel, a replacable part - in the sheep pen. Not much different in the USA.

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