The insane training required to become a Japanese businessman | Japan with Sue Perkins – BBC


I’ve just dislocated my tongue. Hell camp was founded
in the ’70s, when Japanese corporations were beginning
to take over the world, and it’s still the country’s
strictest business school. Each year, hundreds of salarymen
are sent here by their companies to learn how to be better managers. I can’t help but notice
I’m the only woman here. Women are still
very underrepresented in senior management roles,
so this could be my lucky break. To pass this course, you
must successfully complete all the modules.
Failure is the ultimate shame. The first rule of good
management… Shout louder! Next, it’s time to introduce
ourselves. Your name, where you’re from,
and your feelings as a manager and human being. That’s a long list! And all
through the medium of shouting. Already I can see some people are
pumped up and getting really high on this kind of management stance, but there are other people
who are really struggling. They’re standing up and they’re
trying to do the right thing and they’re trying to speak, but their
emotions are just getting cut short. That’s really hard because these men
are sent by their companies and, if they don’t do what they’re
told, and they don’t complete this course, then it’s shameful for them
and their jobs could be on the line. On a positive note, at least I know
how to say hello to a grandma. SHOUTS: Konnichiwa! The next module is about
greeting your co-workers. Hello! Konnichiwa! Konnichiwa! Konnichiwa! Konnichiwa! Konnichiwa! Konnichiwa!
Whoa! Konnichiwa! Konnichiwa! Konnichiwa!
Konnichiwa! Konnichiwa! Konnichiwa! Konnichiwa! Konnichiwa! Konnichiwa! Konnichiwa! Konnichiwa! Formality and ritual are the cornerstones of Japanese
life and business. To be successful, you must
obey the rules. This is why Japan is still the world’s
third-largest economy. It’s because guys like this,
they don’t want to be firebrands, they don’t want to be mavericks, they don’t want to be Lord Sugar
or Richard Branson, they don’t want any of that. They don’t want their name
on the door because it’s more important than that. It’s about
being a cog in the wheel. It’s being part
of the greater good. That’s why you have companies
like Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, Canon, Panasonic, Sony. My own favourite – PlayStation. How would you feel as a worker if your manager shouted
at you like that? How would it make you feel? How important is it for
you to be a good company man? A lot of what I’ve seen around
today seems to be about… MAN SHOUTS Somebody really, really, really
didn’t like the main course! Well, that’s the end of lunch.
Big shout out to the chef! I haven’t even finished my pudding! So, over lunch, we’ve all
been assigned our badges of shame. So the idea here is you start
from a position of ignorance or inadequacy and, as the days go by,
they’re removed one by one as you complete each course. You’ve got things like speed
writing, exercise, singing – vital in the workplace, the ten business commandments,
manners… you’ve got a graduation exam,
you’ve got a training camp report, you’ve got vocal training…
MIMICS SHOUTING ..you’ve got a one-minute speech, you’ve got your phone manner, you’ve got reading, showing the path, and 40 questions. So, there you go. The badges of shame are on. These? No, these are for all
the TV shows I’ve made. Some of the recruits
are on their last day here. The course ends with them formally
pledging to be better managers when they’re back at work. It’s a procession of men
standing here and crying. It’s really painful to watch. From what I understand, they’re
mainly saying how ashamed they are that they didn’t have the capacity
to push through in business. That they’re embarrassed
and humiliated that they couldn’t
express themselves. For me it’s upsetting, but I guess,
for these guys, it’s sort of an affirmation of shame
at where they’ve been but sort of delight that they’ve now
got this new inner strength whereby they can just discipline
their workforce. The men at the back, covered
in their ribbons of shame, have failed the course. 80% of this intake. They must now return
to their companies in disgrace. But the men in suits have passed and will return triumphant,
clothed in glory. MUSIC PLAYS

80 comments

  1. なんなんだこの会社。つかほんとBBCってこういう奇妙なものをもってきて日本ディスるの好きだな。あ、ディスるのは世界中のものをディスるのが好きなのか。ほんとタヒねよ。

  2. That's not training, that is abuse used to brainwash and break the will of the employee. This is a good example of why Japan has plummeted from the top of the business world to losing ownership of most of their major businesses. Japan is having major financial issues and this outdated poorly thought out training is an example of why.

  3. KONICHIWA !!
    😫
    Being screamed at ?
    Please try customer service with a 1% company for 5 1/2 years, being demanded to call folks during dinner when they are with family.
    Screaming ?
    My own mom loves to shout from 5 rooms away.
    I hope I passed the test given those facts alone.
    Peace 🌿🕊

  4. 管理者養成学校ですね。日本人でも奇妙なとこがあるから、外国の方は理解しがたいかも。だけどこのやり方で結果が出でてるから結果に対してはあってる。

  5. I get that it would sound funny as an outsider who doesn’t speak Japanese, but i feel like she’s not really respecting (at some parts)? I mean she’s the host.

  6. It's so crazy and ridiculous.
    It is not a realistic way in Japan almost fake news.
    So so special groups!!
    We've never seen like this in usual Japanese society even I'm Japanese.
    This school brainwash them is almost a cult group.

  7. I’m Japanese and I don’t like those custom. And the reason why I hate my country.
    It obviously doesn’t make a good business manager. To go drink with colleague is much better.

  8. All the honor you want, all the traditions you want. Everything. Still, this is extremely trogloditic, unnecessary and detrimental. They'll be traumatised for their entire lives and they'll most likely think about suicide for the slightest stumble.

  9. Reminds me of that scene in Blackadder season 3, when Stephen Fry plays the Duke of Wellington… "There's only one way to win a campaign: SHOUT, SHOUT AND SHOUT AGAIN!" 😄

  10. Horrendous. What a shame she didn't visit Eihe-ji or Antai-ji to observe how they teach self-discipline which is truly transformative. Wouldn't have made 'must-see' TV, I suppose…

  11. Britain and Japan have a lot in common – both island races..

    we have public schools – they have this place.. the sun has not long ago given up dressing its models as sexualised school girls and the daily mail has only recently given up presenting us with sexualised images of school girls themselves – japan has only recently made child-pornography illegal.. police in this country never charged jimmy savile with anything and have yet to interview any catholic bishop or prince andrew under caution – while police in japan actively protect businesses sexually exploiting very young women.. in this country fox hunters continue to hunt sweet little dogs – while many japanese continue to kill dolphins and whales..

  12. "The Japanese are just like everyone else, only more so."

    Watch Dan Carlin's Supenova In The East for a great look into the roots of the cultural quirks that make a place like this business camp possible.

  13. Shit is this some shit that only the best Japanese business people understand cause it’s beyond me how this cartoon comedy will turn anybody into a golden entrepreneur but then I’m neither Japanese or in business

  14. If Japan wasn't notorious for having a high suicide rate, I might not be as bothered by the crying at the end of the training. Unfortunately, it is, and I am

  15. Oh no, I used to live right next to this place! It keep woke me up around 5am with this strange shout . I went to ask if it's possible to start bit later but owner just said " I started this here 30 years ago so why don't you try to understand? " It was nightmare.

  16. I'm being nit-picky but I hate how around 3:40 when she is listing companies she says "Sony, and my own personal favorite; Playstation". Playstation is a product of Sony Interactive Entertainment which is a subsidiary of Sony. It is not a business and to list it after Sony would be as if when she mentioned Toyota she also included "Her favorite" (Company); Camry.

    I think she may have been trying to seem "trendy" by forcing Playstation into the statement

  17. Why is this on my recommendation list 1st I'm American 2nd I dont speak Japanese 3rd I have never seen a video about any of this stuff. Yet for some reason I still find this interesting

  18. This is brain washing. The discipline is important but not until you can't exercise your wisdom to deal with different situations. We learn from our mistakes and our minds need to be flexible enough to continue to learn and teach.

  19. Many company in my country send their new employee to marine corps camp for character building , so yeah i think this one better

  20. This racist Sue Perkins should be fired. Her intention is only to demean Japan. Every episode she reports is NOT common in Japan. British Youtuber @AboardinJapan does wayyy better job than her.

  21. You said "That's why you have companies like Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, Canon, Panasonic, Sony … my own favorite PlayStation."
    Did you confirm these companies are actually using this system?

    You don't deserve to report news.

    Shame on you and give up your job immediately.

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