SALARYMEN

While James May was in Japan, he came across an interesting group of people in Tokyo called Salarymen. Salarymen are white-collar workers who practice a very specific pattern of behavior. They devote themselves to the company they work at above all else. While they are working, they adopt diplomatic behavior with both their superiors and colleagues. Even if they hated their boss, they had to display absolute loyalty to the company especially if their boss was older than them (senpai). When their shift was over, the Salarymen would go party with their colleagues. Their activities range from drinking, karaoke, and so on. During this time, the Salarymen get to relax and be completely honest about their true feelings about everything even their relationship with their boss. When morning comes, they start the whole thing all over again. During James May’s visit to Tokyo, he got to play karaoke with some Salarymen, who were more than eager to party after a hard day’s work. Among the Salarymen James partied with were two employees from a mergers and acquisitions company and a banker. James May had a surprisingly good karaoke singing voice as well.

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