Well, for those who may not see the glaring problem with this picture here's an article published 5 years ago today:
With its aging population and dwindling workforce, Japan more than ever is looking to women like Ms. Suzuki. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has brought the issue to the forefront of his economic-growth policy known as "Abenomics," proclaiming a goal to fill 30% of leadership positions in Japan with women by 2020
It may help, Abe-san, to set the example where you have control.
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What is disheartening is that these students didn't live in the era of war and occupation, and probably not even their parents. They seem to have inherited their hate and anger from the aging survivors.
We need to break this chain of handing down prejudice to the next generation and instead focus on how we can move forward constructively.
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As a cyclist in Japan, this scares me. There aren't enough wide shoulders, but especially with older tunnels there's no way to change anything.
Please drive carefully and notice cylists
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I'm glad to see the move toward flexible work options in Japan.
I'm disappointed that it's going to be temporary, and only because of the Olympics.
Please let this last more than next summer.
Don't make social changes for international spectators, make social changes because your citizens are working themselves to death in Tokyo skyscrapers every day.
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I've been saying this for years, but why not add water fountains in more public places (and government buildings).
It seems silly to me that when you make your occasional trip to city hall, or a public park, you have to buy a PET bottle of water for 100-120 yen, when all you need is a sip or 2 of water on a hot day.
By the way, what's the first thing sold out on 40 degree summer days?
I think Japan loves its PET bottles because it's easy to make money off thirsty people!
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Call it what it is, this is an escort service.
It's only a matter of time before a customer with bad intentions takes advantage and tries to coerce these young women.
It only looks cute because they found a non-threatening, normal-looking guy who wouldn't have trouble finding a girlfriend without "renting" one.
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No matter how long you work for your client each day, never report that you worked more than 7 hours (illegal)
During international business trips, if you eat lunch by yourself (without the client) you cannot claim the meal as a business expense
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Reckless, I found out that if you're from the US and you walk into any AAA service shop, you can purchase an international driver's license that can be used for up to a year.
If you come to Japan as a tourist, you can use the AAA license to rent a car legally in Japan without a knowledge test. I have a permanent driver's license now, but in the past I used the international license to rent a car from Toyota.
The fact that I didn't have to take any kind of test and could still drive legally in Japan was kind of surprising! It's interesting that it's a lot harder to get a license to drive if you have a residency card!
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Also causing problems in Japanese roads?
Next to no traffic police enforcing laws
-Illegally parked or stopped vehicles on busy downtown roads
-Mo-peds and scooters weaving and lane splitting
-Drivers watching live streaming television on the navigation unit or smart phones
-Pedestrians and people riding mama-charis on smart phones
-Increasing numbers of unchecked elderly drivers
-Self-important taxi drivers and cowboy bus drivers
-Street cars tracks that are shared by vehicular traffic
And why, oh why, are there no roundabouts?
Where have you lived in Japan that has enough space and government funding available to address this issue? Good idea, but there's some other stuff that could come first, like ENFORCING the LAW.
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You make a fair point, and certainly informed. I still think Marvel/Disney are over the top right now.
The movies are entertaining, and we've known the characters our whole lives, so there's no need to waste time with too much character development.
Then again, it's painfully obvious that some film projects have put profit and merchandising rights way ahead of a quality story. The stories are formulaic. Good guys bicker and struggle, bad guy seems like they will prevail, good guys work together and / or find previously unknown inner strength, defeat bad guy... for now... until sequel...
Critics whine about whether story is "true to canon" and use of CGI...
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Finally, a marketing pro who understands me!
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In light of revelations that Apaman didn't provide a service that customers paid for, it may be a good time for regulators to come take a look at how else they may have scammed customers.
This type of poor decision making starts from the top down, and some large fines should help encourage the removal of incompetent managers from the upper ranks.
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JLPT is not an indicator of whether someone is at a level with which to meet with clients. Their ability to communicate effectively while speaking in Japanese is what matters. Someone can have passed JLPT and still not be an effective communicator.
I agree! To have the textbook grammar and kanji recognition to pass N1 or N2 starting from zero could take 2-3+ years of dedicated full time study (or having a background in another Far East language). But I've watched many people become conversational in a year when they are immersed. I think they ought to just do away with levels N1 through N5 and make a scale score like the TOIEC does.
Besides, the JLPT doesn't even examine speaking ability! Nurses or care-takers don't need to know the kanji for samurai or how the 10 conjugations of how to say "I must" in order to do their job.
After all, there will still be Japanese supervisors on staff!
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I was not a caregiver in Japan, but I was an IT consultant. Despite holding JLPT N2, my Japanese employer wouldn't put me on projects with Japanese clients, only with foreign businesses operating in Japan. I guess not even the JLPT 2 is enough for a respectable bank or insurance company.
I tell you what though, if you're foreign and want to work in a restaurant, conbini, or kiosk for 750 yen / hr, the Japanese will snatch you right up even if you've only been in Japan for a week and can't spell konnichi-wa.
I hope the politicians, businessmen, and hospital owners realize the oxymoron they've put themselves in. They want people with a skillset that simple doesn't exist, and can't seem to find a way provide a path to get there!
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Wild boars are a threat to human safety in mountain communities, and boars are hunted and trapped daily to keep residents safe from attacks. They're not like deer, they don't run away from humans. I encounter boar almost monthly, and I keep my distance when I hear them coming.
This isn't Narnia where all animals are just like humans and can be bargained with.
Ashiya is a wealthy neighborhood with many schools just outside of Kobe where houses back up against the forests of Mt. Rokko.
Not killing the boar could result in more people (not to mention school children) being put at risk.
Sometimes you have to use the tools available in an emergency, and tranquilizing boars is not the protocol for hunters; they kill boars.
Go ahead and feel bad for the way boar was killed, but these people did what they needed to protect the community.
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What a crappy place to live!
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I'd rather be out at an izakaya or bar with only iQOS and vape users, and no cigarettes...
... but ultimately the goal should still be a smoking ban in public places including restaurants and bars.
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The hiring process is simply in the intersection of so many other failures of big businesses and the university system.
A. Most Japanese university students finish the required 120 credit hours in 3 years. Despite this, they still pay tuition for a 4th year, while doing minimal coursework while job-hunting and taking graduation trips.
SOLUTION: Spread out your coursework over 4 years, have a part-time job and a hobby, gain soft skills, that way your last year in college isn't a whirlwind.
B. Then, the average student applies to 50 or more companies, handwriting each resume (a time-consuming process). That means company HR offices have to go through thousands of CVs from their feeder schools.
SOLUTION: Students research companies, don't apply to every company you've ever heard of. Companies should absolutely allow a typed resume in 2018, and hire science grads for lab-work, business grads for accounting.
C. As 1/3 of new hires quit in one year, my well-informed hypothesis is that this stems from the amount of companies pressuring new employees to do unpaid overtime, and often mandating new-hires relocate sometimes within the first year.
SOLUTION: Companies pay your employees for their time worked. Stop cooking the books. If you hire an applicant for the Osaka office, don't relocate them in Fukuoka in 6 months.
D...E...F...G... Failure to adapt to 21st century global information grid and so on...
If the Keidanren doesn't revamp this system, sure some people might be uncomfortable for a few years, but failing to do so will put Japan even further behind the global curve than it already has become.
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More public water fountains = less plastic bottle usage
More incentives for bringing reusable bags = less plastic bags
Less products individually wrapped inside a wrapper inside another wrapper
Less staff at conbini's and grocery stores putting single items in plastic bags
... the legislation lacks penalties for those not complying.
And how about laws that have teeth, instead of polite suggestions.
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"It is difficult to know the actual working conditions of the trainees and trainees cannot easily raise their voices," said Shinichiro Nakashima
No it's not. You need to have your labor and or immigration regulators get off their butts and visit the work sites.
A man who runs a construction company in the hardest-hit town of Mashiki said he was surprised to find local subcontractors using so many foreign workers
Oh, and shifting the blame to a subcontractor? Classic move there
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Gimme a break. That arrangement clearly runs counter to "work-life balance." It's really so workers can spend endless hours at the office instead of going to home and spending time with their families. If workers want to do yoga, relax or "refesh," the best place for most people is in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. No way, I'd do any of that at my office. Ugh.
In defense of Takeda, they are headed by a European CEO and have several other foreign executives. They operate more like a European company than a Japanese company. This new office design follows suit with what has been going on overseas for a while.
Also, if you are visiting Tokyo from their overseas branches, you may not be able to get a membership at a gym for a week, so having these amenities in the office is a nice perk. Also, not everyone working their has a family and kids, so for college grads this could be a great place to start!
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5,000-person study in which they asked participants if they want the government to put greater effort into programs helping urban residents of Japan relocate to rural areas
I have a completely different idea, and it involves entrepreneurs and businesses making telecommuting a possibility in this country. Around the globe there are free-lance programmers, graphics designers, writers, and a myriad of other jobs that could be down just about anywhere.
If the private sector takes advantage of modern telecommunications breakthroughs of the last 20 years, Japan may finally join the rest of the world on tele-work and reserve the extreme urbanization trends.
Heck, maybe then there will be more children born each year!! Wishful thinking!
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Just a thought: they could cut into a lot of the noise complaints if police could actually stop all those bozo kids and their engine revving.
They hit my neighborhood several times a night which I'm sure generates dozens of calls each time.
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I don't see this as good for consumers, just the banks themselves. Bank hours 9 - 15, ATM hours 7 - 22. Banks here serve you when it's convenient for them!
The banks can imagine that Japan will become a cashless society. But the ojisan selling takoyaki out of a van outside of a busy station stations isn't ready for it!
Might be a better idea to promote the use of mobile payment for small vendors before reducing ATMs, especially in time for the Olympics.
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It was just last week when Aso said the problem with the harassment complaint is that it was filed on a single sheet of paper and the font is too small!
Good work Aso, you've outdone yourself again!
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Good riddance. Someone needed to be the fall boy in this industry in Japan.
If you have a shred of remorse for the man, just remember, a man just got out of the hospital for alcohol abuse, immediately started drinking, and called a 16 year old girl over to his house hoping to get some. Premeditated or not, that's disgusting.
Don't be naïve, this is probably not even the first time it happened at Yamaguchi's house. Hopefully this incident makes women feel a little bit empowered to stand up and say it's not okay to prey on high school girls just because you have money and fame. Or even if you have neither!
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