Japanese love to drink. I'm not saying all the other nationalities don't. I'm just saying the "drinking" is very much a part of Japanese culture. They love it so much that most, if not all, of the workforces customarily would get together at the end of the year called Bou-Nen-Kai (忘年会 roughly translates to "Let's forget about all the shitty things happen this year by drinking until the majority of us are ready to go streaking into the city.) and because that's not enough, at the beginning of the year, they'd have Shin-Nen-Kai (新年会 roughly translates to "Let's prepare us for the shitty year ahead by drinking until we're streaking in the city where we'd just streaked not so long ago.) Awesome.
But on the serious note, the Japanese officials have recently toughened up the law on drunk driving where if you're caught drunk driving, you can be fined up to approx. $10,000USD or be imprisoned for maximum of 5 years. And I believe this applies to all the passengers in the vehicle, not just the driver(Imprisonment with hard labor not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding approx.$5,000USD for DUI; 2 years imprisonment, approx.$3,000USD fine for DWI.) Wow.
My recent visit to Japan was such an eye opener in this respect. I saw none of my friends drive drunk. There'd always be a designated driver, or we'd utilize public transportation, or utilize this service called the "Daiko" where you can hire a driver who would drive you, your company, and your car back to your destination. The cost of this service is almost equivalent to the taxi cab service.
Here's a flyer I found. It's called the "Heavy Metal Bou-Nen-Kai" I'm so there \m/
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