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Parents win benefits in nightclub worker's death from chugging alcohol

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There have been plenty of programs on TV about the nightlife here in Japan, and far too many that I have seen, glorify the abuse of alcohol that these young men go through, in the name of getting money.

Society here overlooks the problems of alcohol abuse, yet from experience, I have seen far too many men, and in some cases women as well, being admitted to the hospital I worked at, for alcohol abuse. These folks could even recognize their own spouses, they abused the nurses and orderly's, and were down right dangerous, and many had to be strapped down in their beds and sedated, until they could control themselves.

It's not a pretty sight.

This is one of the darker sides of life in Japan, alcohol abuse is no joke here, and far too much of social life for far too many people, revolves around drinking alcohol.

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I would be ashamed as a parent to have my kid work in such places or spend money there...

Did he deserve to die? No.

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I have a pretty close friend here, in investment, who drinks a lot due to the nature of his job, which involves a lot of entertaining people. It's not a Japan-specific problem for him, more of an industry issue, but I still worry about him regardless. I think that the more people drink, the more it gets normalized, so they can't see how even just drinking a few nights a week is so hard on the body to those of us who only drink periodically.

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The work-related drinking culture seems to have completely disappeared for me. Now a days, everyone in my company tries to leave as close to 18:00 as possible and just go home. I see almost no more nomikai in the workplace like there used to be. So, it seems that people are changing, albeit perhaps more slowly than might be beneficial for their health. Or maybe they have become “kitchen drinkers”?

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I've had to step in and insist on calling an ambulance three times or more when I noticed someone was passed out, or else really struggling not to pass out, while drinking. Two of the times were complete strangers to me, young people who were drinking at parties, one in a bar, one in a park. Both times the person's friends tried to brush me off, but I was insistent and went against their wishes in calling an ambulance. I know from friends of friends of one of them that the person's life was saved because I didn't just give up and let it go.

People don't seem to be aware that the line between fun drunk and death by alcohol poisoning can be crossed fairly quickly for those whose tolerance isn't very high. And when you are too drunk yourself, your judgement is impaired and you may not realize how bad off your friend really is.

I really want to say this: don't ever be afraid of being "the bad guy" in these situations. When it comes down to someone's life, it is better to be wrong and have everyone mad at you than someone being dead because you didn't act.

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The work-related drinking culture seems to have completely disappeared for me. Now a days, everyone in my company tries to leave as close to 18:00 as possible and just go home. I see almost no more nomikai in the workplace like there used to be. So, it seems that people are changing, albeit perhaps more slowly than might be beneficial for their health. Or maybe they have become “kitchen drinkers”?

Or maybe it's the case that the parties are still held, but someone is no longer invited.

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Men in host clubs are forced to drink to keep the customers spending. It's a big part of the business model. It also gives the customer the fantasy of controlling the host while she is actually being fleeced.

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About 35 years ago an office worker got drunk at the office party. He drove home drunk, got into an accident and was killed. His wife sued the company for his death and won. Needless to say that was the end of alcohol served at office parties.

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Yet any other type of drug in Japan is authoritatively made into a crime!

It is difficult to see the government stem the problem.However, whilst renewing my driving license I noticed that a strong focus on not drinking and driving in the talk

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I educate my kids that alcohol is nice to drink during meals lr for as a special refresher. Otherwise it's just getting poisoned.

Alcohol in Japan is most of the times of bad quality compare to food's, especially in some places where it is nomihodai.

I don't think there is one job in my country where staff must drink alcohol, since it is just lawful to drink some during meals and if company tolerates it during special occasions wirh limitations on type of alcohols (wine, beer and cider).

That is a national issue in Japan.

RIP to Yuya who had too little experience.

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