Japanese Salaryman Drinking

How do you avoid a hangover in Japan?

Foreign visitors to Japan are often surprised by all the drunk men they see late at night.

Many of them have been drinking with their colleagues and even their boss.

They claim they need the booze to forge good relationships.

But do they really need to get drunk to further their career?

In this week’s Japan Story blog we study the drinking culture and hear what salarymen’s wives think about the matter.

Japan Story’s blog is written by former BBC Tokyo Correspondent Duncan Bartlett. Each week he analyses how Japan’s story is being told to the world through the international media.