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  • This is a day in the life of a Japanese Mechanic

  • [Music]

  • This is Yuta, 25 yrs old. Living in Chiba, part of the Greater Tokyo area

  • And he is just waking up for work

  • He lives alone in this one LDK apartment and if you haven't noticed, he loves his animes

  • Often visiting Akihabara when he's not working

  • Anime is such a popular hobby for Japanese adults under 30.

  • It's currently the only growing entertainment category catching up to the top two, variety shows and movies.

  • This is what you usually eat for breakfast.

  • [Music]

  • Wow, he sure loves his milk tea.

  • How long does it usually take you to get ready.

  • [Music]

  • Unlike the 40 million train commuters in the Greater Tokyo area, Yuta drives a 30-minute commute to work every morning.

  • So Yuta works as a Seibishi, in English (Mechanic)

  • He attended a specialized four-year professional school of Saitama Automotive University.

  • Earning a degree in car mechanics.

  • He was hired straight after graduation. Common in japan.

  • As 91% of vocational school graduates secure a job and currently in his third year as a Mechanic

  • Good morning y'all. I'm back with another day in the life.

  • Super excited for this one. Just a little bit different than the usual.

  • But it should be awesome regardless.

  • Yuta should be coming down the stairs right now let's see how he's doing this morning

  • Good morning.

  • did you sleep well last night

  • so youtube works as a mechanic at isuzu

  • motors one of the oldest automobile

  • manufacturers in japan since 1916. these

  • days they're best known for their

  • commercial vehicles like trucks and

  • buses but interestingly the company

  • itself started off as a department

  • within a shipbuilding company which over

  • many years transformed in the company we

  • know today with more than 36 thousand

  • employees and crowned the number one

  • truck seller in japan

  • before clocking in youtube is required

  • to check his temperature as well as do a

  • breathalyzer as he'll be driving trucks

  • today

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  • wow that's a lot of uniforms are these

  • all yours

  • at his company it's important that all

  • their employees present a clean

  • appearance despite working in a garage

  • so they employ a cleaning vendor to wash

  • their uniforms every day

  • [Music]

  • before the day starts all the staff

  • gather for rajo taiso meaning radio

  • exercise a typical japanese calisthenics

  • guided by music one of the oldest

  • customs in a japanese workplace still

  • practice today

  • every morning the staff have a zentai chorei

  • a traditional japanese all company

  • morning meeting to discuss news and

  • announcements followed by a recitation

  • of the company's philosophy and behavior

  • guidelines

  • and shortly after that Yuta breaks

  • out with the mechanics for a separate

  • meeting to discuss their assigned tasks

  • for today

  • where you going now

  • first he performs facility maintenance a

  • 5s group activity common in japanese

  • companies designed to help build a

  • strong work ethic as well as healthy

  • working environment 5s meaning organized

  • order cleanliness standardized and

  • disciplined what are you exactly looking

  • at

  • what's this room

  • it's a critical part of a mechanic's job

  • to record and detail all work performed

  • as it's even used for government records

  • also the room serves as a dispatcher's

  • office where the mechanics get assigned

  • tasks as they come in throughout the

  • day to start his first job he brings

  • along his rolling tool chest in japanese

  • it's called a caddy

  • look at all these trucks apparently more

  • than 70 trucks are maintained repaired

  • and inspected by about 30 on duty

  • mechanics every day

  • nice, he's gonna work on his first truck

  • yuta's first job is to perform shotgun a

  • vehicle safety inspection required by

  • japanese law usually every two years to

  • ensure vehicles are properly maintained

  • and safe to drive on public roads

  • interestingly trucks larger than a mini

  • k-class truck are required to be

  • inspected every year vehicle inspections

  • in japan are one of the most stringent

  • and expensive in the world requiring a

  • 60 part inspection including diagnostics

  • the base fee starts at about five

  • hundred dollars going upwards to two

  • thousand dollars for larger vehicles how

  • long does it take to perform a shotgun

  • inspection for a trucker

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  • he always loved cars since he was young

  • he used to even race his own car a supra

  • in the mountains but got into an

  • accident while drifting and decided it

  • wasn't for him which allowed him even

  • more time to focus on his true passion

  • working on oversized trucks

  • What's that?

  • wow he really knows his stuff in japan

  • in Japan to become a certified mechanic

  • candidates must pass one of three

  • nationwide exams car mechanic graduates

  • are able to skip to the rank 2 exam

  • while rank 1 exams are reserved for only

  • rank 2 mechanics with years of

  • experience so for now

  • 2 mechanic working hard every day to

  • gain more experience

  • are you almost done

  • as part of the japanese shotgun

  • inspection vehicles undergo a visual

  • inspection and will immediately fail if

  • it's far behind the manufacturer's set

  • conditions and is the main reason why in

  • japan cars on the road are for the most

  • part always in great condition so it

  • looks like heath is going to be doing

  • this for a little bit so while he's

  • doing this why don't we take a break and

  • check this place out

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  • so one of the things that i've always

  • wondered is what's in a mechanics caddy

  • let's see wow so many cool tools

  • electrical tape calipers a cutter extra

  • light bulb a set of wrenches a box of

  • face masks some adhesive spray cans and

  • some screwdrivers this place is just so

  • big you can see behind me there's 10 to

  • 12 maybe even 13 parking spots it's

  • crazy

  • oh wow look at this room it's completely

  • different than the other ones let's see

  • what this guy is doing

  • excuse me can i

  • ask what you're doing

  • at this garage they have a dedicated

  • paint room and this is their storage

  • area where they keep the paint stock

  • required to fix and repair any truck

  • damage the paint room itself has a

  • specialized ventilation system built

  • into the floor which quickly removes any

  • excess paint or dust in the air have you

  • painted custom colors before

  • i like it an oversized truck with bling

  • Oh wow there's a huge truck over there, lets see what they're doing.

  • Excuse me what are you here for?

  • [Speaking Japanese]

  • Oh, it seems like the truck is in a dire for repair.

  • [Speaking Japanese]

  • Now the front desk contacts the

  • dispatcher to arrange a mechanic.

  • Oh, I wonder what this guy is doing.

  • Excuse me can i ask what you're doing?

  • [Speaking Japanese]

  • How many did you watch a day?

  • [Speaking Japanese]

  • How long have you been with the company?

  • [Speaking Japanese]

  • Congratulations!

  • [Speaking Japanese]

  • [Truck backing up]

  • [Music]

  • Okay he's finished with the truck,

  • as part of any inspection or maintenance

  • trucks must be cleaned before the return

  • to the customer which is also the

  • responsibility of the mechanic.

  • When he's done with an assignment,

  • he creates a report and logs it into the

  • database, and he also uploads pictures of

  • the maintenance performed for customer records.

  • Oh no, it started to rain!

  • [Speaking Japanese]

  • How are you going to get to the truck?

  • [Speaking Japanese]

  • Now to the next truck.

  • Wow that's a humongous tire!

  • Yuta says that since he often works on larger

  • vehicles many of the parts and tools are

  • also large and heavy so it's critical

  • that mechanics at his garage are always

  • cognizant of their surroundings as a

  • simple accident like dropping apart or

  • getting fingers caught would easily

  • result in severe injury.

  • Are you done?

  • [Speaking Japanese]

  • Finally, lunchtime!

  • He usually picks up

  • food from the vending machine and eats

  • it in the break room with his co-workers

  • Did you bring that bento?

  • [Speaking Japanese]

  • Oh, is it free?

  • [Speaking Japanese]

  • How is it?

  • It's common for traditional Japanese

  • companies to offer their employees

  • reasonably priced bento lunch boxes

  • every day for work usually about two to

  • three dollars per day so the staff can

  • save on costs as well as time

  • he has some time before his work starts

  • again so he usually takes advantage of

  • this time with a short nap in the tatami

  • room

  • good morning

  • have a good nap?

  • [Music]

  • after lunch

  • Yuta has a midday meeting called Churei

  • in this meeting he gets assigned new tests

  • for the afternoon

  • what are you doing now?

  • [Music]

  • oh that's his next truck i think it's

  • bigger than my tokyo apartment

  • and this time they're using one of the

  • two floor lifts in the garage. Yuta says

  • that it's a little bit easier to go

  • underneath a giant truck than it is to

  • hoist one in the air. It seems like this

  • truck is having maintenance but this

  • time he's working with four other

  • mechanics on the job depending on the

  • size of the truck and the amount of work

  • dispatchers assign multiple mechanics to

  • complete the job

  • what's that?

  • how much oil do you use?

  • Yuta says that the garage boss is a strong

  • senpai kohai or senior junior

  • relationship where he's able to easily

  • draw on the experience of his seniors

  • helping him to quickly build his own skills.

  • What's that ?

  • Nice reminder! In japan trucks are

  • scheduled regular checkups every three months

  • What are you doing now?

  • What's that?

  • This is one of the many vehicles that

  • won't pass a shaken inspection simply

  • due to normal wear and tire which is

  • almost expected. So it requires

  • additional repairs and maintenance work