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The infamous pink rabbit, once the mascot of Nova, makes an appearance in Shibuya on Sunday for the National Union of General Workers Tokyo Nambu's 5th annual "March in March." The rally was held to highlight the need for job security, equality and a living wage for all workers in Japan.

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oh the shame to wear that thing.

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Who's the girl?

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It is important to distinguish between the rabbit and the management at Nova. Being unemployed and with many children to feed, the rabbit must be facing a pretty bleak future like so many others. At the same time, based on the photo it looks like the rabbit has eating some of his children.

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That's his girlfriend he met at Nova. Or he gave birth to her and she hatched from a Cadbury Easter Egg.

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Looks like he picked it up at the Nova liquidation sale.

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I wonder what happened to thousands of teachers after bankruptcy of NOVA. It was a biggest disaster for English school. Were they all gone? or still here teaching?

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The rally was held to highlight the need for job security, equality and a living wage for all workers in Japan.

Not really in the same league, because I still have the day job, but I've just heard that the company (a subsidiary of a major Japanese corporation) for which I've been doing freelance translation work for the last 9 years is getting out of the translation business. I'm not a happy bunny right now, to say the least....

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"Looks like he picked it up at the Nova liquidation sale."

Heh. Or stole it on the way out the door...

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Zai, not just from the end of the bubble, the death of the translation industry is a structural thing that's been years in the making.

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the death of the translation industry is a structural thing that's been years in the making.

I'm sure you're right, Ness, but it isn't something I've been aware of in my own little bubble - the work has multiplied over the years and in the last 2 months I've been busier than ever. It has apparently come as a shock to the company's clients as well....

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Good for you.

The biggest problem we're facing at my company is the expanded use of bids. In principle, bids are a good thing. In practice, there's no way to evaluate the quality of work, which means you have amateurs bidding against companies with proven expertise in technical fields, and no systematic way for the orderer to distinguish between them.

In some cases there's the additional problem of not just "can't tell the different in quality" but "don't care if there is a difference in quality." Even clients who realize the problem -- and who need to get published in English scientific journals -- are hamstrung by government-mandated bidding procedures.

But the industry isn't big and unified enough for workers to be rallying. Not even in pink bunny suits.

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You have to hand it to NOVA management, they were ahead of their time. They collapsed through greed and corruption a good 2 years before the crisis hit the rest of the world.

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Avon in a mirror. Where's Alice?

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The black guy in the background looks like he wants to bash that bunny real bad.

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That's the first time I've seen a black guy wear a mask since I saw Doctor Benton on ER.

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Please tell me it's not that Bob Trench guy from the NUGW..... whoever it is, good luck to him on the little babe!

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The infamous pink rabbit, once the mascot of Nova...

A bit behind the times here, folks. NOVA's business got taken over by G.communication, and they still use the rabbit mascot on all their advertising.

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If the NOVA bunny is there is there going to be a dunking booth as well? I'll pay to get down with that!

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Poor guys. They love anime and Gundam, but they stay in Japan despite there being no demand for their lack of skills. They should go home and work for Jiffy Lube or Kwick Fit, which they seem to have skills for.

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But the industry isn't big and unified enough for workers to be rallying.

Too much competition, for starters, plus the amateurs vs professionals thing you mentioned. Ah well, back to whoring myself around a variety of translation companies.

Not even in pink bunny suits.

Maybe purple axolotl suits might do it?

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