Japanese salarymen (corporate and office workers on a salary) have a reputation for being hard workers. Most of them don't take holidays, and working overtime is a given. On top of all the work, you're expected to go out drinking with your boss after work (if he invites you), or you might have to be ready to go play a round of golf with him on your only real day off. Yes, it's as tiring as it sounds.

You wake up in the morning, hung over from the night before, only to have to do the same thing over again as the day before. You change into your gray suit, walk to the station, and cram yourself into a jam-packed train, where your face will be literally smushed against the door with no space to even change the expression on your face. You then head to the office, sit at your desk, drink your canned coffee, and toil away until you're free to leave, which is usually after your seniors go home. If you don't get invited out for a drink (to hear more about the company from your drunken boss), you're lucky. Otherwise, get ready to drink sake and pretend you're having a great time listening to your boss tell you how he moved up the ranks by working hard everyday, just like you should. And if your boss pours you some alcohol, you better be finishing it, no matter how wasted you are.

And all this is on a Monday. It sounds terribly exhausting, and the following photos prove that it is. But all these guys are the lucky ones. They, at least, made it before the last train. Now all they have to do is wake up before their stop (doubtful), get home, and sleep five hours before the same thing tomorrow.

It's Japanese Groundhog Day, the life of a salaryman.

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