Images Of A Post-Abenomics Euphoria Hangover

Tyler Durden's picture

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

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ZerOhead's picture

Doesn't Japan have cops with the tasers?...

CH1's picture

Doesn't Japan have cops with the tasers?

Only In America!!

Looney's picture

Hey, at least they are Nip-Napping! Our home-grown drunks would’ve been driving… and texting? ;-)


McMolotov's picture

That's called multi-tasking, another example of Americans being exceptional.

Say What Again's picture

OT but...

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Looney's picture

Multi-tasking, just like “our exceptionalism”, is a myth! The only two tasks I can combine are farting and hiccups ;-)


nuclearsquid's picture

This is what the NJ Transit Coast line looks like late Saturday night.


Stackers's picture

They have padded seats in subways cars in Japan ?

Divided States of America's picture

Prease Dont Rake Me Up...Fank You

remain calm's picture

Abe's third arrow is apparently unlimited Sake for everyone until everyone is in an alcohol induced coma, problem more misery

chumbawamba's picture

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.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

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....

The Navigator's picture

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.

The Blank Stare's picture

And I bet every man in those pictures will out live you

I am chumbadead

TomB's picture

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?

papa_lazarou's picture

Wow, you've been to Japan, huh? Obviously, you didn't learn a thing.

chumbawamba's picture

No, I made it all up.  Obviously.

I am Chumbawamba.

GuyJeans's picture

Ive lived in Japan for 18 years.. He hit the nail on the head, the Japanese are missing out on life.

Dick Buttkiss's picture

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.


NoPantsSpongeBob's picture

Their subway trains look clean and cushy though. I would be tempted to have a nap there.

wee-weed up's picture

Yep, those padded seats look nice...

But I'll bet they reek of drunken vomit.

25or6to4's picture

"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?

spekulatn's picture

Well said.


Very clean indeed.

gh0atrider's picture

Watch the hangover the Zeroheads will have when they finally realize they missed three digit Bitcoin.

max2205's picture

12 step program in yen is about 12000 steps

chumbawamba's picture

That's lolable, since the gold/silver bugs have been spewing the same BS.  We'll be right someday (hopefully 4Q2015).

I am Chumbawamba.

The Navigator's picture

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.

Moustache Rides's picture

lol.. American exceptionalism.. that's as much fun to say, and laugh at, as "green shoots".

kchrisc's picture

"Only In America!!"

Only in the DC US.

NoDebt's picture

Do they all have those same suits ISSUED to them or something?

Pairadimes's picture

Get up you lazy bastards! The illusion must be maintained at all costs! You can sleep when you're dead!

Whalley World's picture

That's what they are saying to the homeless slaves toiling in Fukushima

Squid Viscous's picture

"didn't we drop two bombs on those people? what was in those things, fertilizer??"

newbie vampire's picture

"didn't we drop two bombs on those people? what was in those things, fertilizer??"

Johnny Walker black

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

Looks like some days from my past. ;)

duo's picture

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.

toothpicker's picture

laugh everytime I read that

G.O.O.D's picture

Fukushima flu.

ebworthen's picture

I guess you can't worry when you're passed out.

Grande Tetons's picture

Ignorance is bliss poured over two ice cubes. 

Squid Viscous's picture

Fire water, best weapon against the yellow you must meet dragon wife and 6am ararm crock...poor bastards

The Navigator's picture

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.