Japanese Train Pushers and Other Crazy Strange Jobs

Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, Japan, is the busiest
train station in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. It’s a confusing maze of hallways and exits
leading to more lines than we could possibly mention, and on any given day 3.5 million
passengers will pass through this place. As you can imagine, during rush hour getting
onto a train might not be easy, and that’s where the pushers come in. These guys are called “oshiya”, and if
you were at that station and it wasn’t looking like you’d get fully into the train you
might feel one of these guys on your back. This gives a whole new meaning the expression
rat race, because in some respects folks are herded onto those trains as if they were animals. But it’s a job that needs doing because
it’s well known that many Tokyo trains run at over capacity. If you didn’t get pushed in, the doors wouldn’t
close and the train wouldn’t move, and nobody wants to be late for work, do they? Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure,
Transport, and Tourism said in 2018 that some of the busiest lines were well over the limit
of 180 percent full. That office said it just wouldn’t do, stating
that “bodies come into contact with each other and one feels considerable pressure.” People don’t really want to be that close
on a train, especially considering that japan has a problem with something called “Chakan”,
which means people taking advantage of their surroundings but in this case groping on trains. It happens quite a lot, in spite of Japan’s
media criticizing these rush hour fondlers. In fact, 50 percent of the hundreds and hundreds
of cases of fondling happen on trains. We are talking about pushers now we know,
but the fondling problem is also partly down to congestion. They’ve been around for a long time these
pushers, with the New York Times doing a piece on them back in 1964. Then there were 90 pushers working at Shinjuku
Station, some of whom told the Times it was a demanding job. People so desperate to get to work often held
trains up, while others were so busy trying to get to work after they lost shoes in the
melee. It’s a crazy job if you watch the videos
because that pushing is sometimes intense, so much so it looks a bit like a game of rugby
being played by men in black coats. We should just hope that none of those guys
are fondlers who’ve found a way to legally get what they want. He was such a good man
A stranger job by a mile is what we call professional mourners. Sometimes this person is also called a Moirologist. They are professional criers who know how
to make the grief look real, so they have some acting skills. Why would anyone do this? We mean hire someone to cry. Well, it goes back centuries and the tradition
could be found in Europe, but right now you might find these folks in countries such as
China or Thailand. These countries are what you might call “face
cultures”, meaning saving face is a big thing. And what if someone dies and not many people
turn up to the funeral in tears, that’s a big loss of face for the surviving family. The thing to do is hire some folks to look
like they have lost someone dear, and tell them to really turn on the waterworks. These people, who are paid anything from thirty
to one hundred bucks, blend in. You won’t know they are actors and you likely
won’t interrupt their crying and talk to them. When the job is done they turn around and
happily go home. We actually found a company in the UK that
rented out mourners and they said their staff are very discreet. For around $60 an hour they’ll turn up at
the funeral and stand near the back and make some noise. A few friends and family will likely be saying,
“You know what, I just can’t make that face”, and then the professional will never
be seen again by those people. But at this company, called “Rent a Mourner”,
the actors are more than just scenery. They might not approach someone, but if they
do they have to know what’s going on. So, the actors will have to meet the family
first and get the background on the deceased. They will also have to create a background
story for themselves that links them to the dead. It sounds hard and it likely is, but the good
news for the actors is they usually go in a group. You need skills for this line of lugubrious
work, and so you must be very good with your memory and also a great improviser. One guy in London who did this job said in
an interview, “The only thing sadder than a funeral is a funeral that nobody shows up
to, so the decision is generally coming from a good place.” He said he actually tries to mingle as he
feels it’s a big part of the job, so he spends lots of time on his back story. Can you imagine just making that up, saying
something like, “Such a sad loss. Me and Jack went back years. We worked in a toy shop in Buffalo, through
the winters we’d…etc, etc.” It must be quite demanding to do such a routine
in front of people who are really sad. The guy in the interview said, “Naturally,
since I don’t know the deceased, it can be hard to work up too many tears about them. Some professional mourners I know can cry
on cue like a toddler at Toys “R” Us, but most of us keep a supply of tools to help
us jerk out some tears on command.” He added that he’d only been caught out
once, but the person who caught him out just said the deceased would have liked it. Canine culinary
The next job sounds a lot less demanding and it just involves eating. Who wouldn’t enjoy being paid for eating
stuff? But what if the product you were hired to
test was dog food? In this world there are people whose job it
is to test dog food, and this is what they do. It’s actually a highly skilled occupation
because the taster is the person who usually creates the dish and makes sure it has all
the right nutrients. They work in a lab, but at some point when
the concocting has taken place they will have to have a nibble. Those animals can’t tell you how the stuff
tastes, so a human has to do it. The good news is that they might be paid from
$40,000 to $100,000, and it’s not just dog food either, other pet food is tested by humans. We found a guy in the UK who is famous for
pet food tasting. He works for the company Marks and Spencer,
and his job is making sure the dog food is up to scratch. In an interview he said, “I have trained
my palate to look for materials that we will not allow in the recipe, such as tripe – pet
owners react badly to the smell of tripe. I’m looking for a pate texture, almost to
the point where you could spread it on crusty bread.” If you don’t know what tripe is, it’s
the stomach of a cow. It looks like it sounds. The guy added that he thinks his job is very
important and he’s doing it for the pets well-being and the owners sense of trust in
the product. He said, “The more we can make the pet food
like the owner’s food, the more comfortable we think customers will be serving it.” A surgeon of toys
We’ll keep this one short. The job is a person who fixes Teddy Bears
surgically, and the title is Teddy Bear Technician. In Florida they even have a bear hospital
where the surgeons work. Why? We guess some people really love their teddy
bears. Professional Sleeper
This is the best job in the world if you are seriously lazy. One case we found of this job was when a hotel
in Finland wanted people to test their beds, so they put an ad out asking for professional
sleepers. But the U.S. space agency NASA went a lot
further than that because Forbes reported that in 2013 NASA was hiring regular folks,
but they had to do something pretty hard. That was to lie on a bed and move very little
for a total of 70 days. Why you might ask? Well, if people are going up in rockets and
spending a lot of time in a closed space then NASA wants to know what effects this will
have on the human body. Except they didn’t want to use their astronauts
for this experiment, and so they said they paid $18,000 for volunteers. The deal was you had to stay on that bed,
but you were allowed to use a phone, look at a TV, even work on a laptop. You couldn’t get off that bed, and so we
assume the people were hooked up to a valve they could urinate through. “Subjects in the study look at it as a way
to help,” said a senior scientist on the bed rest study. “In that what we eventually do will help
astronauts maintain their health while in space.” She also said, “by putting someone in bed
for a long time, there is also atrophy of the muscle and atrophy of bone density.” It’s now starting to sound pretty horrible. We wonder how many people dropped out of the
study, but 18,000 bucks for 70 days work doing nothing but sitting and lying down isn’t
that bad. Professional zombie
From hired sleeper to the living dead. According to the British media something called
the London Bridge Experience hired two people in 2009 to do the job of being a zombie. They got almost $40,000 a year to scare tourists,
no doubt many of them American tourists. One of the guys who was hired said he gone
for a similar role at the London Dungeon but he didn’t get the job. He told the press this is why: “The Dungeon
said I was too intimidating and scary and they told me to tone down my act.” The cuddlers
We started with Japan and we’ll finish with Japan. It seems there are a lot of strange occupations
in this country and many of them involve touching people. While there is a line of work in Japan that
means some folks are a hired boyfriend or girlfriend, and we mean really pretending
to be a lover and not about bedroom stuff, you can also hire someone to cuddle you. For about 30 bucks you can lie in a bed for
20 minutes and be cuddled. That’s it, nothing else, just cuddling. The longest course we found was a 10-hour
cuddle, which must be really hard for the cuddler. That will set you back about $460. You can fall asleep of course, and we expect
that happens over 10 hours. Some cuddle cafes in Japan advertise themselves
as “co-sleeping specialty shops.” Apparently this is a booming industry in Japan,
a country where some people work really long hours and according to reports more and more
people are deciding to stay single. Some reports state that since the cost of
living is so high many men don’t want the stress of bringing up a family and many women
don’t want to be broke housewives, so more people are just staying single. This in part has led to what some media say
is a booming industry of cuddle cafes. It’s not just Japan, though, we found cuddle
cafes in New York City and also Toronto. New York’s “Snuggery” café says it’s
all about cuddling and absolutely nothing else. It seems in this busy world there are a lot
of people that just need a hug. It’s said more people don’t get enough
human interaction, working so hard, looking at dating sites but not meeting, and staying
alone. Word on the street is expect more cuddle café
to pop up. It’s kind of nice but also kind of sad. After hearing this, which job would you take
now if we offered it to you? Tell us which one and why in
the comments. Also, be sure to check out our other video
the 11 Highest Paying Teen Jobs. Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
forget to like, share and subscribe.

100 comments on “Japanese Train Pushers and Other Crazy Strange Jobs”

  1. Pratiksha Patel says:

    How come no one talks about Mumbai Local? We dont even need pushers.

  2. POOP POP says:

    Dang a job where I push people and don’t get sued for assault

  3. Smol Dorito says:

    Yeah we have train pushers in the UK. They’re called the train driver

  4. WiseListonYT says:


  5. Dr. Spank says:

    Wait do they taste bird food which is literally *SEED*

  6. Jennifer Neal says:

    Idea for show dieting? Let him get a little fat frist.

  7. DarkWarchieff says:

    ''1964'' haven't they considered…. I DON'T KNOW, UPGRADING THE INFRASTRUCTURE?!

  8. Levi Ackerman says:

    Tried to taste some dog food
    Some of them actually delicious

  9. ibrahim moutiq says:

    I could easily become a mourner.
    Just Give me some onions and tell me what to say.

  10. brett fogg says:

    wedding crashers but with an agenda other than getting laid

  11. THE BRAIN BRUTHUZ 888 says:

    If an actor, comes to a funeral and fake crys, I'm gonna ask them to leave, cause if they didnt ACUALLY know them, then pay your respects and leave. Cause not alot of people want to know their familys will be BALLING their eyes out because they died. They want them to know that, they are in a better place….unless you commit suicide in which case, talk to a pastor at a church about that.

  12. nerdhere 320 says:

    Rambo vs Rocky?

  13. Zachary Burns says:

    No one will show up to my funeral. If I hired mourners, that's all that would show up. Comically theyd all be trying to pretend they know me to other ppl pretending they know me, making it an enjoyable debacle.

    But in all seriousness, just chunk my body in the trash when I die.

  14. Filip Prochaska says:

    USA during WW2: 8:10

  15. Pelegdolev238 Wackyycool238 says:

    3:50 I meet John in Australia. I’m pretty sure a dead guy isn’t going to Australia.

  16. 長谷川744 says:

    I am Japanese
    I take trains like that everyday
    Most I hate is not even able use my phone due to being crazy crowded
    All I can do is just listen same music for 20minutes

  17. I am In a Cookie Box says:

    You guys are getting paid?

  18. Johnston Steiner says:

    Underwear diesel fitter

  19. Aryan Ramanand says:

    Welcome to japan guys

  20. さくらヤミニ says:

    Mourners or Morons😂😂
    Well… The train pushing thing is real…

  21. Ok Boomer says:

    I went to japan in june, took a train to shinjuku. They actually do this. Im lucky i had the jr pass so whenever i could i took the shinkansen bullet trains which dont fill up very much because theyre expensive. But i did have to get in one of the packed ones twice

  22. さくらヤミニ says:

    Believe me… I never knew of any cuddling thing going on 😂😂🤦🏻‍♀️!!!!

  23. Philip Blom says:

    Congratulations to 7 million subscribers 🙂

  24. Apollyon says:

    Make a video about the emu war

  25. Kiara Wilson says:

    In my country tripe is a delicious meal🥰

  26. Harry Silsby says:

    Can someone tell me the music used in this vid

  27. Кенжетайұлы says:

    Japan is full of perverts and pédos. Even in their cartoon they show it

  28. Little J says:

    Jerking off some tears

  29. grumpy guy28 says:

    Professional sleeper 👍😴

  30. Slavic memes Not slavic says:

    Shinjuku kinda reminds me of SHIN GOJIRA who else? 😂

  31. petter Reitan says:

    I have a intresing story about attack in norway if you want to know about it tell me

  32. Elite Tuber says:

    Imagine just being in a New York subway and it’s rush hour and some guy just pushes you in

  33. dheuwi shsj says:

    How could I apply for one of those

  34. Patrick S. says:

    The train pushers no longer exist in Japan, that job died 2012 when Japan had a massive investment in the infrastructure. They have different jobs such as guarding, safekeeping and information broadcasting on the train stations, another thing, they have special train sections just for woman. Its also technically not allowed to touch people that´s why they have gloves and only touch the doors or tell people to move off the train.

  35. Julian That Klingon guy. says:

    Professional dog food eaters

    My friend who used to like eating dog treats: wait, you guys are getting paid?

  36. XD Zest says:

    Naruto Oshiya

  37. SunInsane says:

    I thought this was simple history

  38. MrBeast says:

    I feel like this is basically just this guy’s channel at this point lol

  39. MrBeast says:

    We have train pushes in NYC, they're called commuters

  40. MrBeast says:

    Train Capacity Limit: 1000. Actual Amount of People in Train: 9000

  41. The Better Jacob says:


    The Infographics Show:
    Dashlane= life
    T-Mobile= death

  42. Merschavonia says:

    The background music is dogshit

  43. PrimaFest says:

    I must be the only Japanese watching this thinking, It's "Chikan" (痴漢)not "Chakan"…

  44. JB THC says:

    They always change examples really fast, no transition 😂

  45. AKIVA COLEMAN says:

    i live in new york but ive never seen one of those cafes

  46. The human fnatic ? says:

    I’m waiting for that one episode that is sponsored by honey

  47. Kage Tsukino says:

    We begin and end with Japan… truly, the Mecca of weirdness.

  48. Krezcely Borja says:

    Somebody make a professional mourner sitcom.. Where he tries to blend in and learn about the family or something and ends up falling in love idk… I'll watch that

  49. Brian Mckee says:

    Why don't they add cars ?

  50. GhostShipSupreme says:

    Wow. 180%? When will they learn to expand the system? Unbelievable… what happens if the train derails?

  51. Nikko Logdat says:

    Is this the first time this channel used an actual photo?

  52. VOTE Primary on 3-3-2020 says:

    My middle school PE coach often watches as I shower to make sure I do it correctly.

  53. Aurobindo Ghosh says:

    why can't japanese make double decker trains?

  54. Lord of the Fly' says:

    Rent a mourner……..made famous and among top stocks on the NSE recently by Iran………mike drop……..

  55. liam parsons says:

    I used to work with amusement machines/skill testers, those machines where you put in money to attempt to pick up a toy with the claw,
    I used to repair them stock them change the stock and take the money every month.
    I could tell you if they are rigged or not 😂

  56. nawabi2 says:

    Accept Islam and stop ruining the World. People in these so called developed countries are doing many Bizzare things. They have forgotten the meaning and purpose of of life. There should be a balance in whatever you do and Islam teaches that. Learn first and then accept Islam and your this and the coming life would be great.

  57. Anthony Gramaglia says:

    I just got a 16 minute UNskippable ad

  58. Mathgasm says:

    I should tell my dad I am going to be a professional cuddlier of hot women.

  59. Ilkka Rautio says:

    I could be professional mourner! 🤔 I can cry whenever i want. Im going to crash a funeral to test this out. 😇

  60. Druva Kumar says:

    Canine culinary = Roman Reigns 🤣😜🤣

  61. Curtis Smoak says:

    Ever heard of click-bait?

  62. timothy thuo says:

    From the title I thought that all these jobs were from Japan

  63. Sgt. Pepper says:

    German subways got this movement detector. The doors wouldnt close if someone is standing nearby them.

  64. GreenGiant says:

    What if you forget password from dashlane?

  65. Colton Shaw says:

    I thought my job was pointless…..(Gas pump attendant) lol

  66. Stanley says:

    What if you want to get to out

  67. King Cuan says:

    Shinjuku crossing is actually something that must be experienced

  68. C4_998 _ says:

    you guys are getting paid?

  69. Matthew Squires says:

    In the UK, we don't do dollars, we do pounds sterling

  70. oscar gustafson says:

    Rent a mourner shuld be a movie

  71. Rex Luther says:

    I thought "Pushers"(Pinoy Term)
    We're illegal drug Traders.

  72. Raidenze says:

    So this is why chikan is a thing.

  73. Alec bowers says:

    wow great job seems like your hiring compulsive liars to pretend to be sad at someone who they dont knows funeral

  74. Mr. F2P - Mostly Aviation says:

    1:09 that fat man eyes 👀 are looking at the wrong place 😅😅

  75. Anie Anton says:

    I did not watch the dashlane ad, but I will say that was a nicest segue into an ad i’ve ever heard on youtube, so… kudos.

  76. Tabby Scientia says:

    Lived in Japan for 6 months last year, and having completely busy trains was normal. Pushing one onto the trains was just insane to me at first, but quickly accepted it. Haha, one time, my face was in some mans armpit. XD
    We both looked a bit awkward

  77. Sujitkumar Yadav says:

    Surely they haven't seen the rush of Mumbai Local trains

  78. Yabai __ says:

    Talks aboyt shinjuku station
    Shows pic of shibuya scramble crossing in front of shibuya station…..

    Ik they are almost next to each other but please

  79. LUABLY1 says:

    I like how you mentioned the uk so much

  80. Bennett Chan says:

    I have been in Shinjuku Station before, and I got pushed until I felt like my limbs would come off

  81. Asha Shrestha says:

    Finland hotels: you can get paid to test our beds.
    NASA: hold my beer…

  82. Promise Igbokwe says:

    Host: you need skills for this job
    Me: here comes the skillshare sponsorship

  83. Richard Lopezalvarado says:

    Hackers are disgusting but doesn’t dash lane give you like vpn’s to not get traced and have a guide to access the dark web ??

  84. Gene Au says:

    AI cant take this job.

  85. Kieran Bracken says:

    What about ethical hackers mmmmm

  86. harry pjotr says:

    the mourner thing just seems disrespectfull, i'd rather have only few people show up to my funeral and actually be real than having a bunch of people i don't even know act like they care..

  87. Niko Zoom says:

    $60 per hour for crying?
    bruh I can cry every night and I dont get paid

  88. Christian B. says:

    Actually, train-pushers aren't really a thing, in that they're not just there to pack people in. They're used as conductors, security, information help, and subway cleaning in addition to that duty. Japanese people are efficient, they're not going to just have such an idle form of worker standing around waiting for the next train to come.

  89. C X says:

    Swear down half the jobs are In the uk sums up

  90. VIKRANT DOGARA says:


  91. LiHam 500 says:

    I wanna do the cuddle job sounds so easy

  92. Nam Tiddies says:

    Why he bent like that? 9:44

  93. Daniel Bellamy says:

    I love the background music here

  94. Zaxaris Petixos says:

    Are they hiring pushers?

  95. roblox HD for free gamers says:

    cam somebodey put a link for this music? please

  96. Java Star says:

    All of those people being shoved into the train just make me think of how they will explode out when the doors open!

  97. Toon CH says:

    Teddy bear Technician kinda reminds me on the guy who fixes Woody in Toy Story 2

  98. Neetu Chaitanya says:

    Mourner i can be it!

  99. Neetu Chaitanya says:

    Its my job

  100. Neetu Chaitanya says:

    I can push haha

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