Two Men On The Luggage Carrier

Men on the luggage carrier of a big truck
Shot in the city of Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

Two men were on the luggage carrier of a big truck

When you travel abroad, you are often perplexed by the differences between the home country and other countries. Take city buses, for example. In Japan, you have to press the stop button when you get off the bus, but in some countries, there is no such button and you have to tap on the roof to let the driver know you are getting off, or pull a string attached to the roof to ring a bell near the driver. There are also some countries where you can use a dispatch service like Uber, which is not allowed to operate in Japan.

The way the service works and how it works differs from country to country, but on the other hand, there are people who do the same job in every country. Delivering packages is a good example. No matter which country you go to, people who work as a delivery person carry the goods on a truck and drop them off at the destination. The men I saw on a street corner in Jakarta were the same. The men who came in a big truck must have already delivered the goods to the destination. One man was sitting on the back of the truck, spreading out what looked like a slip of paper and checking it.

This kind of work is called an "essential worker", physical labor necessary to maintain society, these days. Even with the development of AI, this kind of work will not disappear so much. However, I don't know if truck driving will become fully automated and even unloading will be done by machine.


What is Essential worker (Key worker)?

A key worker or critical worker is a public-sector or private-sector employee who is considered to provide an essential service. The term has been used in the United Kingdom in the context of workers who may find it difficult to buy property in the area where they work. The term was also used by the UK government during announcements regarding school shutdowns invoked in response to the Coronavirus disease 2019 to indicate parents whose occupations entitled them to continue sending their children to schools which were otherwise shut down by government policy, as well as teachers and LSAs at those schools.

Where is Jakarta?




Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

August 11, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography