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  • Let's find out if Japanese people are honest.

  • As many of you know, I've been living in Japan for quite some time.

  • And one of the things that people often ask me is, why do I live in Japan?

  • And aside from food, one of the things that I deeply appreciate is how safe Japan is, and how generally honest people are.

  • But it's hard to explain without showing you, so I wanted to make this fun little video.

  • Let me just say though that these are one off examples.

  • Not every single experience is going to be like this and most importantly, this is simply just for entertainment purposes.

  • Don't try some of these things yourself and expect the same results.

  • And like always, if you want to see what I'm doing on the daily, check out my Instagram account.

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  • All right, let's see how honest Japanese people are.

  • [WALLET DROP]

  • So I'm here in one of the busiest places in Tokyo: Shibuya scramble crossing, and I wanted to show you what happens when you drop your wallet.

  • So I got mine right here.

  • So here's the setup at the crossing and here's my super duper bright green wallet.

  • And to make it interesting, here's the Japanese $100 equivalent: 10,000 yen going inside.

  • We'll be zooming into this area and here we go with the first attempt.

  • Boom, the fumbled wallet drop! Japanese person quickly spots it and goes after me for the return.

  • And there you go, life back to normal.

  • All right, that was easy.

  • So I just dropped my wallet back and the 10,000 yen is still here.

  • [COFFEE SHOP]

  • So this one is quite interesting. What you'll find in Tokyo and many parts of Japan is that a lot of people will take their belongings and use it to hold their seats, sometimes even using their valuables.

  • So today I've got my iPhone and MacBook to hold my seat.

  • Let's see what happens.

  • So here we go, iPhone and MacBook on the table for everyone to see. easily worth over $1,000.

  • Initial setup complete. Now let's go get my drink.

  • Nice! Looks like it's still here after a few minutes.

  • I'll have a quick drink, open up my laptop so it's even more visible.

  • Now let's try a little bit longer.

  • Speed up the time.

  • Valuables and drink holding steady!

  • While we're waiting for someone to steal my computer, I wanted to mention --during the wallet drop-- in 2019 in Tokyo alone, there are about 4.5 million items turned into the lost and found.

  • While only one million people reported that they lost an item, meaning there's a lot of honest people in Tokyo as well as a lot of unclaimed items sitting in the lost and found.

  • Oh and in Japan, If someone turns in money to the police, the person by law has a right to demand 5 to 20% of the money from the owner whose money was returned, but apparently almost no one ever claims it.

  • That's honesty without reward.

  • Anyway, time to get back to my seat.

  • And there you go! Just under 18 minutes and my valuables are still there.

  • That's a relief!

  • Onto the next example.

  • [UNLOCKED BICYCLE]

  • Have you ever wondered what it would be like to leave your bike unlocked in the middle of the city?

  • Let's go find out.

  • So here's the setup: plenty of bikes parked on the side of the street, all locked up, and this is your standard busy street in Tokyo during the middle of the day.

  • And look, there's even a locked bike parked at the railing.

  • Okay, here we go! Park my bike like this.

  • I'll leave the bike lock on the basket so it's obvious that the bike is unlocked, and now let's see what happens.

  • Fast forward a bit.

  • Looks like no one's interested at all.

  • Maybe should have had a more expensive bike.

  • While we wait for a thief, let me share some information with you.

  • In 2020, Japan had a 20,797 stolen bikes reported.

  • While in Tokyo alone there were 31,937 bike stolen, making it the number one reported crime in Japan year over year.

  • Unfortunately, the police were only able to catch 7.9% of the thieves, so I'm hoping today I don't become part of that statistic.

  • Oh well there you go, more than 16 minutes later and the bike is still here.

  • Could have done the test for a little bit longer, but I think you get the point.

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  • That's it! Let's continue on with this video.

  • [UNATTENDED SHOP]

  • So just in the middle of the city, the honor system is still alive and well. Let me just show you around this corner.

  • So just right here as you can see they have farm fresh vegetables, and there's no one here attending this place. Basically you have to pay on the honor system.

  • Looks like 1, 5 and 10 yen coins are not accepted here, but at least they've got some fresh vegetables at the stand.

  • Let me show you how it all works.

  • Select five veggie, bust out a coin, and deposit my money.

  • There you go. It's as easy as that.

  • [UNATTENDED BAR]

  • So I've saved the best for last. This is one of my favorite spots that I just recently discovered.

  • It's a 24 hour self-service and beer shop in Ebisu that serves beer on draft.

  • Let me show you.

  • So they do have food and merch, but we're here for the beer.

  • Luckily, they accept all sorts of payment types.

  • Grab a cup.

  • I can use QR code, or just pay with a credit card.

  • So I got my cup, time to pour the beer!

  • Now, pour an honest beer.

  • How many of you could do this at 2 a.m. in the morning!

  • There you go! I've just poured the perfect beer and like I said earlier, the best part about this place is that it's 24/7.

  • So you can come here at 2 a.m. In the morning, 3 a.m... You can come here whatever time you want, and they have a draft beer ready to go and it's all on the honor system.

  • How awesome is that?

  • So what did you think of these examples? How does it compare to your country?

  • Again, these examples were just for fun, and to be completely honest, I have had my bike stolen here a long, long time ago.

  • I left it unlocked at my Shibuya apartment parking garage, and over the night, it was stolen!

  • So always use your best judgment before you decide to do something like leave your valuables unattended at a table.

  • At the same time, I personally dropped my wallet on the street or left it on the train, and it has been returned to me so, go figure.

  • So I hope you enjoyed this video.

  • If you did, help me out and hit that like button! If you guys want to see more videos like this, or anything related to Japan, hit that subscribe button and the bell button and I'll catch you guys in the next one.

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Are Japanese Really Honest?

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/07/25
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