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Posted in: Japanese towns hit by 2011 quake launch fundraising for Taiwan See in context

A reflection of the "nature" and "heart" of the Japanese people which historically goes beyond this Century. Interestingly, "sharing" and "giving" and "helping" those in need often attributed to those in the USA (as USA has been known give the most), such aid by the Japanese people has been recorded by many countries throughout the world from S America, SE Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe.

I feel honored to be living here and participate in that "sharing"...

We are after all... one humanity... one world...

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Posted in: Japan warns May on Brexit: 'We cannot continue in UK without profit' See in context

Interesting that governments "act" and put on a "show" on behalf of their own countries economic interests representing primarily financial interests...

Brexit was NOT only economic as it was a need for the people of Britain to divest itself from the "control" of those financial powers running the UE through their currency and banking structures which include the IMF. When an economic union starts to dictate and today "enforce" social, cultural, religious, and moral as well as legal and political orientation of its members, it is nothing more than a form of "dictatorship" run by those that control the money.

So the problem is not just "profit" for those that are doing business with and within Britain.

The process of Brexit by its nature takes time and all those involved with Britain as with Japan will be affected. All nations want to continue to gain some kind of a "benefit" not necessarily profit for their own national interests. So for Japan to express their concern is obvious.

However, it is not for any country to "demand" any particular result unless it is willing to either participate or assist in improving the situation along with in this case Britain and it's Brexit problem. A major problem since Japan must also deal with EU which also faces a multitude of untouchable problems which can only be resolved by the EU members themselves.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't worried S Korea may rush into talks with N Korea See in context

N & S Korea has always been in talks... for all we know... they are of one family...

For both to "survive" they needed "different" allies... NK with China and Russia... SK with the USA and by default Japan...

Japan was never a part of N & S Korea's common interest except as a means for economic advantage and as a way to "unite" the minds and emotions of their people to "distract" from their internal economic and social problems and their real intentions...

Both N&S Korea had to become economically and militarily strong in order to face China, Russia and the USA... for both NK & SK Japan was the best scapegoat and "distraction" ... (thus the rhetoric about WWII atrocities)

Now that NK has proven to be of some strength both economically and militarily (even if being "used" by both China and Russia to date as a "distraction"and "detente" between the two) and SK backed by the most powerful USA, now has an ability to possibly unite as survive...

and Olympics which is an international stage may allow the needed forum to be opened... (but probably would not work out as did Germany after the cold war...)

At least that is a "picture" that some historians and political pundits are painting today...

I for one think that there is a much darker and ominous group manipulating behind rhe scenes... so the possibility is very remote...

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Posted in: Educate and encourage: Tomoya Hosoda, Japan’s first male transgender politician, lays down a marker See in context

Transgender, sexual orientation issues as well as marriage and use of surnames are NOT easily resolved at the political, legal, government levels. Even in academic levels such issues are a major problem to even address.

But, when definition of words are altered and changed by legal interpretations, there can be a major social, cultural and political issues that are more than just problematic.

Redefining the term "sex" or "gender" and male and female is an issue for mankind. For all practical purposes, male meant an organism that did not have ability to create an "egg", and female meant an organism that was capable of producing an "egg". That term applies to ALL living things as we know it.

Then trying to redefine what "marriage" means in the face of such alterations in the definition of "gender" becomes even more problematic.

Then when it becomes a "political issue" at the "legal" stage and levels it becomes a major problem socially, culturally, economically, politically, legally and who knows at what other levels.

All this... when the world is in a turmoil from religious, racial and economic issues both domestic and internationally politically which affects peoples lives immediately...

His presence is made an issue may be considered a major distraction for national priorities by those in power...

But then this issue must also be brought forth in order to be resolved... probably never satisfactorily...

So stuck between a rock and an anvil... a dilemma which mankind had for centuries...

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Posted in: Sean Hannity's Twitter vanishes, was 'compromised' for hours See in context

any media personnel that gets involved with and takes one side or the other of a critical issue with high emotion that affects the readership/listenership/watchership and "influence" and "affect" those in power or wealth related to that power, definitely gets attention as well as offensive, defensive action either in the form of distraction, misinformation, misdirection and more but definitely "interference"

that reaction is most violent when "truth" is exposed...

Hannity by being outspoken got that reaction from sources known and unknown, directly and indirectly...

a warning..?

next...Tucker..?

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Posted in: Abe puts N Korea fears above 'comfort women' dispute to attend Winter Olympics See in context

it is a matter of priority... not personal choices or politics...

and... the media reports are automatically "biased" by the reporter, the editor and the money behind any media... all news are "automatically" edited by opinionated people...

here... the priority is the Japanese nation, its people, not some foreign country and their priorities...

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Posted in: Okinawa governor says U.S. forces crazy, out of control See in context

Given the current environment, situation and circumstances, there is an increase in all military activity at all levels... that includes all aircraft flights... that increases percentage of errors and accidents...

That is all outside of politics and private priorities and interests...

But given the current environment... there is possibility of "intentional" errors and accidents... by sympathizers of what ever causes...

Such can be insiders or outsiders and for whatever reasons... to justify whatever it may be...

So it is difficult to point a finger at just the US military and the Japanese government...

All of this is a major distraction for what ever reason to benefit of whom..?

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Posted in: Iran bans English in primary schools after leaders' warning See in context

Iranian government as with any other country has that right and privilege to choose and institute any educational priority including what is to be taught in "public" (government funded and controlled) educational system. The interesting thing is that in Muslim countries, religion is the public policy and the religious leadres, the governing body. There is no separation of state and religion.

However, as a linguist would say... all language has an inherent philosophy and culture in every word... That is because language of any group of people or society uses them to communicate a common understanding of thoughts and feelings, which includes culture and social prejudices that may include religious or political inclinations and interpretations.

In the light of educational system, it is imperative that any nation maintain a semblance of national identity which is often reflected in the language that nation uses. It is known that children under parental and societal care frombirth to ages 3 to 7 affects and determines much of that child's life perspective and philosophy. Therefore, for Iran to require a specific language which reflects their culture to be used at that age level makes much sense.

It was that way with the USA till multiple languages were allowed to be used and taught to accommodate immigration after the war in Vietnam. English language is no longer a "requirement" to be a citizen or resident. Now the USA has pockets of cultures and even political entities prejudiced toward a foreign country.

Those that cannot use the English language now has a place to identify themselves in their own social environment, avoiding assimilation. One such example is the existence of Chinatowns, Koreatowns, and the like all over the USA where there are those that do not use English as the primary language and their allegiance may not be for the USA. That has divided the country socially, culturally, politically and economically.

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Posted in: Japan to limit work permits for asylum seekers from 2018 See in context

Japan is NOT the USA and could never be the same. It is not wise to assume otherwise.

As for foreign workers, of which I may be one... every country including the USA has its own and different needs, objectives and purposes. Therefore rules, regulations, policies and procedures are and will be different. While foreigners may want a totally and idealistically open and convenient process that they wish for and want in Japan, they could not and should not "expect" that to be the case.

Now... compare Japan with all other countries...

Every country has the need and right to determine their own way of life based upon their culture, situation, circumstance, and environment...

For Japan now... faced with what is happening internally and internationally, the poltical leaders of Japan saw a need to act in the manner described...

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Posted in: Can better policies prevent workplace sexual harassment? See in context

A most difficult issue that starts with social culture, corporate culture, existing laws, and ends up as personal priorities, preferences and values based upon rights, ethics and morals. Put all that in the face of different religions, nations, societies and cultures and you have more than a dilemma...

But the most interesting fact remains... we are all human... and we are all animals...

Then try defining harassment and then you got another big can of worms...

Then look at situation, circumstances, environment.., and everything else that exists when a person relates or have some kind of a relationship with each other...

Then look at personal character, status, philosophy, psychology, emotion, mental state... endless argument...

If we keep on trying then we must also define who made the laws and who interprets the laws...

But for now,,. we are in Japan with Japanese values, culture and laws... and.., that is extremely confusing anyway...

To begin with I was not there to see or experience what happened anyway...

So not fair to opine... anyway...

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Posted in: Almost half of Japanese firms keen to improve internal controls in wake of scandals: poll See in context

It may still be true to say that any organization's character and culture "reflects" the character, nature and philosophy of the owner or the top executive.

Policies, rules, regulations and procedures are most often in reality negative controls for "undesirable", "unwanted", destructive, detrimental and wasteful activity or action.

What is needed is a corporate environment and culture that allows "initiative" to do well and better for the benefit of the end-user: customer/client/patient/guest, as would a concerned parent for their children and not just for the "profit" and pleasure of the executives and stock holders.

So change the environment, from the structure to the system and as necessary the personnel that are ineffective and inefficient that are stagnating the entire operational process, not just the policies and procedures and create a "culture" that requires the minimum of such negative controls.

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Posted in: Obayashi suspected of rigging bid for maglev train station work See in context

conspiracy, collusion, corruption... exists in any bureaucracy... when any negotiation takes place... that is what negotiation is all about... it is between people...

people talk and take sides on issues and actions... that is conspiracy

people agree to work together... that is collusion

people trade, give and take, to benefit one side over the other, sometimes disclosed and sometimes not... that is corruption

that key is whether that process was open, honest and sincere and the result was "fair" and "agreeable"...

the rest is in the eyes of the beholder in the sense of "equality" in "values" given and taken... based upon that person's perspective

in this case... that value is based upon "legality" of the process, the "magnitude" of the cost and the most difficult sense of determining what is "fair"... that is all on one's perspective of what is "fair value"... considering any "profit" and "who shares in those profits"...

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Posted in: Defense ministry to request special budget to buy long-range cruise missiles See in context

Regardless of the intent and who benefits and who profits.., it is "too late" for Japan at this stage of current N Korean threat by funding it next year. Does it make sense..?

This is and will always be a problem for Japanese governments and corporations alike, when there is no flexibility in budget by allocating and spending more than the tax revenue for unjustified projects and without a realistic flexible reserve for emergency needs other than for natural disasters. Like the USA, it is always "borrowing" from the international and national banks based upon future revenue.

But the real issue is current and future necessity and its benefits when technology changes so quickly and such defense systems are already outdated considering how quickly N Korea was and is able to advance their technology within months. USA does not need or want such missiles when it is the drones and robots that will be doing the battles. Japan will only be helping to get rid of old ordinance which the USA does not want to keep and maintain.

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Posted in: 5 elderly people killed in apartment building fire in Osaka Pref See in context

Sad.., May they rest in peace...

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs Y2 tril package for child-care support, education See in context

Funding has always been easy for any nation. It is in the application and implementation of which it is supposed to fund, that becomes the problem.

In any case, for Japan with its multilevel bureaucracy and extremely influential private organizations intertwined within that bureaucracy, very little of those funds would probably reach those who actually can benefit from it all. To begin with there are too much rules, regulations and policies that would conflict and deplete the funds anyway. Funds are checked, monitored, recorded, double checked for proper recording, double checked to fund the right and correct project with the properly checked and verified receiver, etc. Then there are reports again to make sure that the funds are properly delivered, received then used properly by those that received. All of which would deplete the funds.

And.., It would be best if such funds were not given out as "free" subsidies or to fund "free" anything, including free childcare or free education.

Nothing in life is free.

Even if it is just 10,000 Yen per child per month, a parent must "participate" in the cost.

And.., they should "remove" the 30,000 Yen subsidy per child.

Reason: Although it certainly appear (idealistically) to helps society and its economy, "free" giveaways "create" "reliance and dependency" as well as loss in the sense of "responsibility" as well as "appreciation" and "gratitude", making it a "right" to get, rather than "earn".

Eventually it creates a "spoon-fed" dependent population that will lose "initiative" and "creativity" becoming unproductive and noncompetitive losing to those who have the desire. In other words, an Orwellian outcome where people are no better than robots and source of power and revenue for those in power. Such is EU and some parts of the USA today.

To begin with, robots will be replacing much of the population in the work place anyway. And that is another problem...

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Posted in: Crown princess turns 54; says she feels awe about future See in context

Unlike in the fairy tales, princess and queens have a different life than that which is idealized dreamy paradise with living happily thereafter.

Any position in society as within a family has its role and with it comes responsibility in the eyes of that society that recognizes that position.

May she be able to take care of herself within such a demanding position and represent this nation with its people and culture so deep and respected world wide.

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Posted in: 14 Security Council members criticize U.S. action on Jerusalem See in context

Is it really Trump madness..?

The madness started with the League of Nations, then the UN that really served the needs and concerns of a few powerful Western nations whose ideologies and rights were justified and enforceable because they represented those countries that "won" the worldwide wars to date. The entire nation state problem started with arbitrary demarcation of states throughout the world from the Middle East to Asia in the name of UN authority and sanctions without a realistic evaluation, and meaningful explanation or verification and agreements from all concerned and actually affected.

Nations were "carved" and created without real consent of those that actually "occupied" those lands. Some territories were actually "purchased" as with Israel during the middle of a world conflict for the convenience of relocating people who were not accepted by other nations at that time. Not much different from the refugees of today.

As for the capitol of any country... that country's people and not other countries determines where it is to be located.

The problem is... that it happens to be the same location identified and claimed by two conflicting religions as their original source of reverence and shrine which each wish to own and control. The second problem is that for both religions, there is no real separation of state and religion. Therefore a political solution is not possible without a similar corresponding religious solution.

For Trump and for the USA.., with Israel as an ally in the region, as was originally decided by the US Congress years ago, it makes sense to recognize that capitol.

For one, it keeps the problem and conflict away from the US mainland. The conflict in the region religious or otherwise must and should be resolved by the immediate parties without conflicts that can involve the world community as had the Jihadists.

Two, it in effect requires the stagnant parties to really work out the problem when there is a need for religious reformation within the Muslim community divided by Jihad-ism and Moderation. In effect, it forces some to secularize and participate peacefully within the modern world community. For the other, it requires them to be less aggressive in acquiring territories in the name of security, defense and need for growth in territories that were arbitrarily created on their behalf by a world organization and not by the local population.

The timing... that is of some concern...

It certainly is no different than what O did with Cuba... (A political distraction and for some an opportunity to profit.)

Three, it does have some effect in moderating the Muslim involvement in eliminating ISIS and creates an interesting spark in attracting attention to Syria and especially Iran.

Just as N Korea, Iran is still a major threat to Europe and the Middle East with their nuclear and missile projects, now probably the same or much further than even N Korea.

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Posted in: Brexit talks continue through the night as EU seeks progress See in context

Amazing... EU has two faces... it has the dictatorial financial and contractual control over its members in the name of mutual benefit by controlling the Euro currency and banking systems through the IMF and the banks of its members... while it also punishes those that do not agree or wants to work outside of the union in an open relationship by demanding compensation without detailed justification only because it can no longer control the currency and the banking systems of that exiting country... which in effect means it is not really benefiting its members...

The sad thing is.., EU is using its economic control via the currency to step outside of its mandate to control the political stance of the members... a dictatorship by any description...

It will be the end.., when the EU starts to "tax" its members using the guise of "interest" payments for all the loans made to its member countries and starts to actually enforce the collection by some police force...

Money controls economies and economies control people... people in "debt" has very few options and very little freedom...

Look at all those who owe the credit card companies... they end up working for the banks and not for themselves...

I still cannot understand why the real estate mortgage is based upon 30 years... people work 1/2 of their productive life in debt to the banks...

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Posted in: Hamas calls for Palestinian uprising over Trump's Jerusalem plan See in context

Rationally and logically looking at this issue...

The people of any country determines its capitol city...

The rest of the world either recognizes it or not.., really does not matter...

To make it an issue out side of that country to begin with for what ever reason does not make sense...

Any country that is allowed to have an embassy in that country can place it where it prefers and wants to... unless of course refused by that country... or have specific areas designated by that country for that purpose...

To make it an issue also does not make much sense...

Sad when when these issues become physical confrontations...

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Posted in: EU sues Czechs, Hungary, Poland over refugee quotas See in context

EU is an economic union not a political or governmental policy union and they have no mandate nor authority to demand such quotas to begin with... unless... this is a prelude to a devastating EU dictarotship over those member countries... they are members not states ot provinces or even principalities under the EU... frightening when an economic union that controls the currency now tries "govern" instead of coordinate and assist its members...

Be very careful where you tread...

UN is also a very dangerous organization when they start "dictating" and "enforcing"...

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Posted in: Australian lawmaker proposes to same-sex partner on floor of parliament See in context

To recognize is one. To allow is another. To legalize is another.

But yet to be defined is the term, the word... "marriage"... and exactly what that means and with what terms and conditions... the "relationship" automatically establishes a multitude of "responsibility" between the couple and with society... and ultimately as a human animal...

Is there a need for another defining word/s..?

Put pride, convenience, and legitimacy aside...

What personal and social responsibilities are there...? if any..? with being "married"..?

Even "friendships" have something...

That is a dilemma which needs to be addressed by many...

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Posted in: 61 lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Sad that foreign countries, its people and politicians make an issue of something which if they were as the victors were to do would not be even considered a problem. It n;y happens to those that lose and battle or war or to those that are convenient to use as scapegoats for other issues completely unrelated or irrelevant.

Funny how the very people who preach religious freedom and equality are the very ones that condemn both, by either rhetoric, politics, or by physically enforcing a contrary agenda. If something does not fit one's definition or convenience then it is condemned.

One must remember, winning or losing a war, for both sides there are those who are respected and revered as have been a "hero" of sorts within that particular situation and environment. In the USA, many of the Confederate leaders are honored just as much. The only difference is in the manner a society gives that honor.

And... religious beliefes and practice in Japan honors everything and every being as spirits and enshrine them in such places which we call "shrines"... which Westerners and others that do not understand.., label as gods.

Think... all historical sites in Japan from temples, shrines and even castle sites are often considered shrines for spirits... they have everything from stones, to monleys, to himan beings...

And we all think of them as tourist sites today...

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Posted in: North Korea holds mass celebrations for latest missile test See in context

In any case.., for the NK people and their leaders, the launch was a success and something to be proud of, technologically and as a well organized and coordinated feat which most other nations could not have achieved in such a short time...

It shows not only their industrial capability but their technological advancement which may be "borrowed" but never the less capable of actually producing and using. It shows their high level of expertise and the high technical skill level of the people within NK that are capable of doing what others have difficulty doing. Most others "buy" and rely on others, while NK isolated by many countries actually accomplished what only a handful of the hundreds of nations could not.

Not to say that it was poltically sound or good for the existing world order or for humanity, the NK people do have the right to applaud themselves.

There are many nations not only afraid of NK but also jealous of their accomplishment.

The anger toward and against NK is another story.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan, others push for U.N. meeting on North Korea rights abuses See in context

It is difficult to comprehend and appreciate any country giving UN any "power" other than to add and give "justification" to further "condemn" NK. It would be disastrous if UN had any "taxation" or "enforcement" power.

Even if UN by resolution and declaration condemned NK, it is only a sense of "value" based upon other than the NK people, which cannot be forced upon NK or enforced. It only makes those nations making such claims "appear" to be better than NK and give reason to "interfere" and possibly get world "opinion" to back up to "justify" some actions against NK such as the embargo, which actually "hurts" the NK people and proven to be of little effect politically.

In any case.., it is the N Korean people that are suffering in the eyes of those not living there.

To begin with NK is still on war status. Any nation during war has the mentality to bear much loss in rights and privileges.

May make much more sense to officially and effectively "end" the war and change the "status" for NK, before talking about human rights, other rights and privileges.

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Posted in: Komeito leader invites China's Xi to visit Japan next year See in context

Inviting a foreign leader such as Xi, runs in the billions of Yen just for security... just as it did for Trump... and at whose expense..?

The invite may not be official by Japanese government, but definitely a burden on the Japanese tax payers.., just to please a poltical move by a minority party..?

Or did he "represent" Japan..? On "whose behalf"..?

His job was to "deliver" a letter to Xi on behalf of Abe in preparation for Abe's visit to China.

If Abe was successful, he would have invited Xi.., a diplomatic "protocol"...

Interesting how Japanese politics plays out...

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Posted in: Lawmaker who brought baby to assembly receives written warning See in context

Sad case of lost priorities on the part of both parties...

It is not a place or the time for demanding or demonstrating for female or maternity rights... It is like sitting down for the national anthem in a military parade... then participating halfheartedly with partial attention to the matters at hand...

It is the place is for hard and serious debates and discussions which decides matters that involve and affect millions of people other than a single politician. It is not there for the convenience or for the rights and privileges of a single male or female...

Although politicians do "waste" time on sometimes meaningless subjects, but that is different from being "forced" to pay attention to some occurrence, a disruption caused by an infant that has no relation to what is taking place and supposed to take place as mandated by the laws, rules and policies.

It also has very little to do with other countries that has different priorities and laws. While comparisons may be something to give perspective, the key is in "perspective".

What is that place for..?

Now that it has happened and the the government and the public was forced to pay attention to the lack of enough child care services.., it has probably served her purpose politically and personally.

But.., all that at the public's expense...

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Posted in: U.S., China hold quiet military talks amid N Korea tensions See in context

In any case... all parties should first find a place and time for all parties including NK to meet to first to end the War then find the place and time to discuss the relationship between the two Korea's and the roles other countries will play. As long as the war status exists, there is no logical reason for Kim or NK to start any kind of negotiation.

China as with Russia, unlike S Korea or Japan, has other major interests and objectives with NK, contrary to that of the USA anyway. Negotiations between either China and Russia only requires giving away something in exchange for commitment to something that is never guaranteed to get the results that was desired to begin with.

Such is this meeting and talks. All in the name of peace and safety of Americans... only the USA really pays the price.

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Posted in: Pope arrives in Myanmar in shadow of Rohingya crisis See in context

A religious leader... that do not defend his own kind in embattled Middle East with faithfuls facing extermination... in a place helping whose interest..?

I have a difficult time understanding...

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Posted in: Japan to enhance control over privately owned land on remote islands See in context

A little too late.., but still a good effort...

After all.., "occupancy" is the basis of "ownership"...

If any property is not "used".., or occupied.., it must be "defended".., to keep ownership...

Such is the law of nature and life...

All animals and plants... live by that rule...

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Posted in: 3 Mitsubishi Materials subsidiaries falsified product quality data See in context

As with government employees... corporate leaders and managers and their rules, policies, procedures and styles may change... but actual work is being done by employees that are "established" within the system with relationships and work culture that may not change with corporate culture established and dictated from above...

A lot has to do with "real" and "realistic" personnel evaluation and work review based upon something other than just "work hours spent", the "quantity" produced, "apparent" quality and "record-keeping" for "justification" purposes but with the "end user" in mind...

That is corporate work culture found in those who "actually meet and work with" the end-user...

Sometimes it is important that all workers that produce actually meet with the end-user/consumer/customer/client/guest...

Or the corporate work culture must first define and train those who produce... to recognize the value of their work for the end-user...

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