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Posted in: School teachers in Japan work more than 11 hours per day: survey See in context

The teachers at the school I work at are hideously overworked. Plus, they have to work on a Saturday, 1st to 4th period. It's certainly not a case of inefficiency. They are overloaded with class hours; they have no choice but to work through their lunch; they have to attend club activities on Sundays; they've got piles of paperwork to get through; meetings with parents/PTA... It's utterly ridiculous.

They have complained, via the teachers union, but nothing changes. The work they are expected to do is above and beyond what should be expected of a teacher.

Unless the government pencils in a change in the law, it's going to continue happening.

"The government is aiming to slash the proportion of employees working more than 60 hours per week to maximum 5 percent by 2020".

100% doubt... I'll believe it when I see it.

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Posted in: 'Rent-a-monk' business thrives See in context

My friend had to organize his mother's funeral. He was shocked to discover that the "suggested" donation was 1 million yen! Unbelievable!

Funnily enough he lost his faith after that...

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Posted in: What habits by your co-workers annoy you the most at your workplace? See in context

Snot snort. Definitely the snot snort...

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Posted in: Do you find it annoying when you're trying to get a co-worker's attention in the office but can't because they are listening to music? Do you think companies should ban employees listening to whatever See in context

I'm not particulary listening to music, I'm trying my best to drown the cacophony of background noises. The gossipers, the people who suck their teeth and the dreaded snott-snort. Open offices are a nightmare for this. Music helps me to concentrate and get on with my work.

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Posted in: May most dangerous month for people with depression See in context

Depression is tricky beast and hard to define. I think the following quote sums it up nicely:

“The signs of depression are many, because this soul-destroying illness affects each person differently, and in its degree of severity. This illness can develop quickly or gradually, and be brought on by life events and/or changes in body chemistry. It can strike anyone, and is curable in very many cases.”

If you just have problems, please don’t try to just deal with them on your own. That can often have the opposite effect, especially if don’t manage to effectively deal with the problem and it spirals out of control.

Try talking over your worries with a person who will listen sympathetically. If you feel it’s a bit more serious than that, there are some fantastic counselors out there who can help and guide you.

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