Another in the series of Japanese conundrums:
Sleeping in public places is perfectly acceptable (or at least common).
In business meetings it would nerve me to no end. In small meetings of 5 people they would sleep, at their desks after lunch they’d lean on back and sleep, on the subway people’s heads would end up on my shoulder.
Counter intuitively (to me) the Japanese would look favorably on the sleepers. It implied they must be working very hard to need to sleep at work.
I saw this guy on the subway, sat next to him, and got up within seconds. His whole body bobbed from side to side. He had drool on his chin and collar of that black leather biker jacket. I caught the eye of a young Japanese guy watching and we both laughed.