What not to do at your Christmas party!


Well, they are actually called 忘年会, bounenkai, forget the year parties, over here but they serve a similar purpose to said Xmas event. To find out what you shouldn’t do there, goo Ranking had a look at the NG activities at a bounenkai. NG is a commonly-used abbreviation in Japan too, for No Good.


Between the 21th and 24th of October 2008 1,056 members of the goo Research online monitor panel completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.5% of the sample were female, 5.0% in their teens, 13.2% in their twenties, 28.4% in their thirties, 31.5% in their forties, 13.1% in their fifties, and 8.8% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Since this is a silly survey, I’ll be a bit freer with the translation today! I also couldn’t be bothered waiting until Sunday to present this.

I hope I can rely on Roaf at Gaijin Tonic to break most of these rules at this year’s bounenkai!

Which reminds me, you can buy drunken salarymen mobile phone charms from Strapya.

Ranking result

Q: What do you think is inexcusable behaviour at bounenkais? (Sample size=1,056)

Rank   Score
1 Droning on and on with the welcome speech 100
2 Fiddling with your mobile all night 96.3
3 Skiving off attending 92.2
4 Give everyone a piece of your mind 88.5
5 Pulling a colleague 80.1
6 Arriving late, returning early 70.9
7 Being a Soup Nazi with the stew 66.3
8 Not having enough money to pay your share 66.1
9 Talking shop all night 63.9
10 Picking a fight with your boss 65.8
11 Crying 55.8
12 Treating it as a dating party 54.7
13 Passing out drunk 49.5
14 Complaining about the food 45.9
15 Taking the unfinished booze home 40.3
16 Joining a different party 39.8
17 Scoffing all the food 32.3
18 Ordering extras 31.7
19 Paying by credit card to get points 31.6
20 Squirting lemon, etc over all the food 23.5
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