Why does Japan work so hard? | CNBC Explains

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  • Published on:  Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Japan has some of the longest working hours in the world. CNBC's Uptin Saiidi travels to Tokyo to understand its corporate culture and see explore how the government is trying to make a change.-----Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://cnb.cx/2wuoARMSubscribe to CNBC Life on YouTube: http://cnb.cx/2wAkfMvLike our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/cnbcinternat...Follow us on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/cnbcinterna...Follow us on Twitter:https://twitter.com/CNBCi
  • Source: https://youtu.be/9Y-YJEtxHeo


  • kitkat12


     a years ago +5367

    It is ironic that Japan has created games, mangas and anime but they don't have time to enjoy them.

  • blue green

    blue green

     8 months ago +1799

    I am Japanese who worked for Japanese company from1989-1993. Left Japan to NYC, working for myself happy. When I was in Japan, Co workers and I, we all worked hard 9am to 11pm every day including every other Saturday and half of the vacation days were not taken. I think they are so detail oriented, spending so much time on every details causing longer time to finish working.. Also we have group mentality (which is not always bad). So if everybody else are still working, you can not leave office.. Many of my girl friends built great carrier in well known company (they are fashion designers so women can be top level but not all industries are same for women), making good money. But they have nothing else. None of them are married (they wanted to be married if they could), not even one of them has boyfriend and they are in their 50th. Still working long hours after 25 years plus. It is my own beautiful country that I love and admire. But I can not live like them.

  • YouTube User

    YouTube User

     7 months ago +1624

    Dude, you work for living, and not live for working..

  • American prepper67

    American prepper67

     8 months ago +1092

    no wonder the suicide rate is high

  • Trinitas666


     8 months ago +646

    I don't understand the point of staying long in the office just to pretend like you're working hard. Like the video says, the Japanese just waste more of their life at the office while not even being more productive. This is really a problem with Asian cultures where appearances seem to be more important than actual competence or productivity. In Europe people tend to just want to get their work done as quickly as possible so they can leave in time to do something for themselves. It's not healthy for your life to be nothing but work. Even medieval peasants had better working conditions than these.

  • Manish Bharti

    Manish Bharti

     5 months ago +511

    In India, People don't want to stay in office after 5 pm.

  • Ultra Silver

    Ultra Silver

     6 months ago +333

    Yeah I see Naruto as the hokage coming home very late to see his family :(

  • Luaxon


     7 months ago +360

    No offense, but is it really necessary to walk in crowds (0:00) and go down the escalator from that distance (4:03) to report news? 😂

  • Raphael DM Daza

    Raphael DM Daza

     6 months ago +421

    “That means its total population is...”
    uses escalator while explaining
    “...going down.”

  • HughJass


     2 months ago +50

    if i worked over 80hrs and not got paid for it. i'd burn down the building. thats truly messed up.

  • Jeffery Zhang

    Jeffery Zhang

     4 months ago +199

    Japan is still a feudal country. Making employees stay at the office is fundamentally not about productivity but demonstrating loyalty to the company. Allowing employees to have time and energy outside the office would risk them forming social attachments outside of work. This system is fundamentally a system of feudalism where the key resource being monopolized is no longer land but time.
    After many years working like this, the employee will no longer have an identity outside the company. The company will own him for life. When it comes time to break laws or keep secrets, these employees can be counted on.
    This is simply a modern version of serfdom.

  • Go Review

    Go Review

     4 months ago +125

    What a sad way to live. I have never met a people so rich yet so poor.

  • d0min0danc1ng


     3 months ago +36

    "Company as a whole rather than individuals "
    See kids..capitalism and communism can co exist peacefully

  • Christopher Wall

    Christopher Wall

     a years ago +1650

    It's called modern day slavery.

  • Daryl


     6 months ago +88

    They are all brainwashed into thinking that they must "look like" they work hard in order to look valuable.

  • Hanan


     8 months ago +256

    What the point of working if i don’t have the time to enjoy the profit of it 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • Udhay Balamurali

    Udhay Balamurali

     21 hours ago

    I'm here to say thanks to CNBC,they unlocking my every doubts, I'm little relax now,
    Cheer!thank you.

  • Tom Riviere

    Tom Riviere

     7 months ago +46

    If you want to work long hours, do something you like to do and start your own business, instead of getting exploited. That's Logic!

  • Gundam Gulana

    Gundam Gulana

     16 hours ago

    Did Maria Ozawa quit her job because she had to work 18 hours a day🙄

  • adi ro

    adi ro

     2 months ago +35

    And they wonder why their population is declining.