3 things Hanazawa Naoki taught us (半沢直樹)

After a tip-off from some fellow Japan-loving friends, we have recently started watching the drama "Hanazawa Naoki - 半沢直樹" and are hooked. We cannot stop watching this show!

Hanzawa Naoki is a character who works for a bank. His boss forces him to award an unsecured loan of 500 million yen to a steel company which is in deep trouble. Three months after the loan, the company goes bankrupt and the ambitious and power-hungry boss makes Hanzawa the scapegoat for the 500 million loss. Hanzawa is called to Tokyo to answer to the internal investigations team where he denies responsibility for the loss. He reluctantly swears to recover the 500 million yen as he wants to survive in the banking industry. This kicks of a chain of events which has him often quoting his now famous catchphrase “やられたらやり返す、倍返しだ” (I don’t just get even, I get double even)

In true buzzfeed/upworthy style, here are 3 things we are learning from watching Hanazawa-kun seek vengeance....

1. Pay attention to the details

Hanzawa collects information by catching the details. In one scene, he deduced that the steel company was in trouble as no one in the office picks up the phone when it rings. In another he deduced that the boss of another steel company was not bankrupt because he takes a taxi home from a meeting. Hanazawa is like a salaryman version of Sherlock Holmes.

2. Stop, collaborate and listen

Hanazawa is always seen calling on his connections to find information. He seeks out people who are trying to get the same result as him. When people betray him, he moves on and forgives fast as he knows that they were often made to do so against their will.

3. Get your feet on the street

Hanazawa is always outside of the office. He always meets people face to face and makes time for his friends even while he is out seeking vengeance. His ability to get around to get information and data points to help his cause is mesmerising.

If you have any interest in the modern life of a Japanese salaryman or are interested in how Japanese organisations work, then I recommend checking out this show!