Japanese Woman Using Headrest to Break Car Window Goes Viral

A Japanese television show where a woman learns how to use a headret to break a car's window in a flooding situation.

A Japanese television show where a woman learns how to use a headret to break a car's window in a flooding situation.

One of the most viewed and heavily commented videos uploaded today on popular Chinese video sharing website Youku. After just 16 hours, it has over 1.6m views with over 18k comments spanning over 600 pages…

From Youku:

So this is how a car’s headrest can be used to break a window? Unless you’re a strongman.

Clever way of breaking a car window using a car’s headrest, easy for even women… ([This is from] A Japanese television show, very long, so just excerpted this part, more convenient to watch, this is just a forward, copyright belongs to the show’s producers!)

A Japanese television show where a woman learns how to use a headret to break a car's window in a flooding situation.

A Japanese television show where a woman learns how to use a headret to break a car's window in a flooding situation.

The reason for the high number of comments is partly due to this video being spread on popular Chinese social networks like Sina Weibo, QQ Weibo, and RenRen. In light of the recent Beijing rainstorm flooding that has resulted in 37 deaths, a large number of the comments are from Chinese netizens sharing this video for the benefit of those who might one day find themselves in a similar situation.

Comments from Youku:


On this, I definitely believe the Japanese. Those promoting any technique that requires strength, please first try it with a little girl. You Zheng Yuanjie may be able to bite open 24 bottles of beer without a problem but I’m still going to use a bottle opener.


If it were a manual car window, simply winding it down would be even more convenient, haha. But I guess with power windows you can only do this.


Never know a headrest could be this useful… Just striking [the window with it] won’t work… However, I’m still say once you’ve tinted your windows, nothing will work…


There’s a benefit to watching more foreign videos~~ Especially those from countries like Japan where disasters happen often.

Johnnyphoto-李健: (responding to above)

The things we teach are just like the products we produce, with quality problems. The key things aren’t taught.


saw this on Tencent/QQ news today, but I think it’s still better to use an emergency hammer to smash the four corners of a car window. The effectiveness of a car headrest isn’t very good.


The opportunity for Nokia to make a comeback has arrived, create a large hammer mobile phone.


The people who can actually drown to death in their cars truly have lousy survival skills.


If this kind of survival common knowledge were universally taught to everyone, think of just how many lives would’ve been saved.


If those men who died in their cars during the Beijing floods had seen this video before, perhaps their lives would’ve been saved.


Little Japan begins imparting survival knowledge in kindergarten…while in China we just know how to sing red songs… [“red songs” refer to old communist propaganda songs, an example]


Don’t care if it works or not, at least it’s one more option! Spread this!


Actually, breaking a public bus window is done like this too, you have to use the hammer to strike the edges of the window. I haven’t tested it but a lot of videos have tested it this way. It seems the center area of the glass is quite resistant to pressure.


A large portion of the popular music we listen to are translations of Japanese songs; A lot of the modern words and expressions we use are also from Japanese; In a lot of aspects, there are a lot of other things we borrow and learn from the Japanese, we can’t just holler anti-Japanese and boycott Japanese products slogans all the time.


Last night, CCTV was also saying how a headrest could be used to break a window, but I still think it isn’t reliable, you can’t use much force. It’s still better to just buy a claw hammer and throw it in your car, better safe than sorry.

懒洋洋地想: (responding to above)

According to the special forces survival manuals, the proper method is to wait until the water floods past the top of the glass and then use the point of a metal key to strike the lower part of the car window and the glass will immediately shatter.


I’m wondering, if the car windows were tinted, could you still pry it open like this?


Find some time to watch this! Turns out you’re not supposed to try smashing the window but rather pry it open by sticking something into window sill! If we only had systematic scientific survival methods being ubiquitously taught before…


Little Japan making a big deal out of nothing, [it’s just] leverage theorem and pressure theorem~


Forward, everyone hurry and learn this, it can save your life in a critical moment.


Japan truly does a good job when it comes to disseminating emergency disaster survival knowledge. China needs to reflect on this…


In many aspects we must admire little Japan. At least this educational video is extremely practical!

Some other popular videos of the day also featuring the Beijing rainstorm and flooding…

From Youku:

Aerial video of the worst rainstorm disaster to befall Beijing in 61 years, the Fangshan stretch of the Jinggangao highway having become a “river”

Uploaded a day ago, the above video currently has nearly 1.3m views.

From Youku:

Beijing’s largest rainstorm in 61 years leaves 37 dead

The above clip of a news report featuring a variety of scenes of the flooding and devastation currently has over 1m views. Amongst some of the details reported is a breakdown of how the 37 people died: 25 people drowned, 6 people died under collapsing buildings, 1 person from a lightning strike, and 5 people were electrocuted. While 22 people have been identified, the identities of 15 are currently being verified.


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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