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TheInterstatJul. 25, 2014 - 11:37AM JST
I have worked in Japan for a decade. I have worked with many hundreds of different Japanese people, both male and female, of all ages.
On the whole, the female workers I have worked directly with, have been a LOT better than their male counterparts. The Japanese women just get the damn job done, and do it well. The men seem to exist in a weird twisted limbo of passive aggression, one-up-man-ship, utter ineptitude and unprofessionalism; the pressure on the men to be 'Japanese' is way stronger than on the women to be 'Japanese' and this gets in the way of actually doing the job properly.
The more Japanese women who work and are given authority and responsibility in Japan, the better. Japanese men cause more problems than they fix.
Posted in: Japan must eliminate misogyny in workforce: UNDP chief
TheInterstatJul. 24, 2014 - 10:42PM JST
@FightingViking; yeah, I live on the edge of Tokyo. Standard 2012 built 3LDK apartment with slippery fake wooden floors, and a washlet toilet. You know the deal. Aircon, desktop PC, TV, PS3, lights. Normal electric bill is between 4-5000yen. Summer is about 9000yen.
What size place are you living in that is standardly around 15000yen a month for electricity and what do you have running in there?
Posted in: 3,179 people taken to hospital for heatstroke July 14-20
TheInterstatJul. 24, 2014 - 03:37PM JST
@BurakuminDes; this is by the very evidence of the news reports, a matter of life and death; an extra 200yen a day max, to be comfortable and not potentially die. I fail to accept that any person in a rich country like Japan can not afford 200 yen a day extra to not die. If they are that close to the edge, then their problems are stupidity of money management more than anything.
I am speculating wildly here, but speaking from my lengthy experience of all kinds of people on the earth, the ones right on the poverty line in rich countries still manage to find the cash for cigarettes and alcohol on a daily basis... not everyone of course, but you know I am right.
@fightingViking; haha, well yeah, I do live alone, rather than with a whole family, so that would explain the bill I have.
TheInterstatJul. 23, 2014 - 07:28PM JST
This is ridiculous. Just use the sodding aircon.
My electricity bill is around 4000yen a month for the year, apart from in summer when, it leaps to around 9000yen a month, when I have the aircon on pretty much constantly. The 5000yen extra a month to keep me cool and not having to deal with the insane temperature outside is money well spent. 5000yen over the space of a month, is about 166 yen per day. That is the price of a 7-11 Mitsuya Cider or whatever, per day. How people can not foresee every single year that it will be brutally hot in summer and take the necessary steps to prevent discomfort and in these cases actual death, is beyond me. I suppose though, if you are the kind of idiot that lets yourself get heatstroke despite living your entire long Japanese life in these conditions, then it might be a bit much to ask for anything approaching sense, however...
TheInterstatJun. 28, 2014 - 07:30AM JST
LOL, yeah, because a guy like this is really going to be able to give a woman what she really wants, right?
Posted in: Woman appeals to Internet for advice after falling for video game 'otaku'
TheInterstatJun. 19, 2014 - 05:19PM JST
Yeah, this is the elephant in the room, isn't it; paedophilia IS more accepted as the norm in eastern Asia, no matter how you dress it up. Japan is a haven for it, and it is part and parcel of the entire culture here; you can see it even affects the way young girls behave - as soon as they start to become sexually aware, around 13-14 years of age, they all start putting on squeaky pre-pubescent style voices and acting ultra-meek, because that is what the society tells them is attractive to men, and society is not wrong. This is not going to change any time soon, but what does need to change is this passing it off as 'cultural'; can't we just admit the fact that this is a bad point of east Asian culture and call it what it is?
Posted in: We must fight against a tendency of looking at children as sexual objects, and allowing them to be taken advantage of, sexually and commercially.
TheInterstatJun. 06, 2014 - 08:04AM JST
Massive generalisation here, but I find at work (which is where I interact with people and technology the most, on a daily basis) I find that people using Android on a mobile device, and syncing it up to Google Drive etc. on a larger, static system, spreading their work across their devices, and taking advantage of the Google suite of cloud computing, are on the whole a lot more clued up about computing, and therefore the realities of daily working life (ie, getting the bloody job done without getting confused about some utterly basic aspect of computing that they should have had under their belt since 1995) than the people who turn up with an iPad, Macbook and iPhone; I suspect this is because (on the whole), the iOS/MacOS bunch bought into the image, rather than started using something due to the features / what it can actually do for them as a tool.
Posted in: Which do you think is best: iPhone or Android?
TheInterstatJun. 06, 2014 - 07:54AM JST
I don't think it happened in the first place.
Posted in: North Korea has promised to reopen an investigation into Japanese abductees. Do you believe there are still Japanese abductees alive in North Korea?
TheInterstatMay. 21, 2014 - 05:04PM JST
The fact that Ecstasy is illegal, and cigarettes and alcohol are not, and are actively encouraged through advertising, enabling,etc., shows that we still have a long way to go, to shake off the old ways and move into the future.
TheInterstatApr. 27, 2014 - 07:40AM JST
Japanese politicians are a joke.
Posted in: Abe says Obama just wanted to talk trade at sushi dinner
TheInterstatMar. 18, 2014 - 05:09PM JST
LOLOLOLOL. Japan just doesn't 'get' modern software, does it?
Posted in: Japan holds first cyberattack drill to bolster national security
TheInterstatMar. 13, 2014 - 07:50PM JST
Funny, I would have thought the judges would have liked the crusts left on the bread...
Posted in: Bake my day
TheInterstatMar. 11, 2014 - 02:36PM JST
Logic tells me he should not bother and he will never find her.
But this is not about logic.
Good lord, this is horrendous. I hope he finds her. And I hope he doesn't. He is now doomed forever.
Posted in: Widower continues diving off tsunami-hit coast in search of wife's remains
TheInterstatMar. 06, 2014 - 10:42AM JST
Whenever Japanese girls try to do 'slutty' it always comes across as fake, and looks like the kind of over-acted poses that synchronized swimmers do.
Posted in: Revelry
TheInterstatMar. 06, 2014 - 10:40AM JST
Seems the standard Japanese young relationship fantasy perpetuated by the endless meaningless adverts on Youtube is still going strong.
Posted in: Magazine’s checklist for ideal girl has whopping 23 points
TheInterstatFeb. 12, 2014 - 08:19PM JST
Without any shadow of doubt, it is Otomo Katsuhiro.
Nobody else comes close.
Posted in: Who is the greatest manga creator ever? Japanese comic fans cast their votes
TheInterstatJan. 06, 2014 - 12:03PM JST
I am still seeing parents smoking around their kids here, kids dancing around on the front seat of the moving vehicles, kids allowed to play in heavy traffic areas, etc. Ridiculous and they will never learn.
Posted in: 5-year-old boy dies after being hit by train in Ehime
TheInterstatDec. 25, 2013 - 04:40PM JST
More good points;
24 hour ATMs which my bank doesn't charge me for, electrical tape, blocks of tofu, wet tissues, household stuff, t-shirts/pants/socks, umbrellas, payment for dodgy online stuff no questions asked, etc.
They are good.
Posted in: 5 reasons Japanese convenience stores rock
TheInterstatDec. 24, 2013 - 02:51PM JST
In Asia, I prefer the older girls; less of that squeaky hamster voice they all do, and less pretending to be pre-pubescent. You can also have a decent conversation with them which is of utmost importance.
Posted in: One third of single Japanese men surveyed say they prefer an older lover
TheInterstatSep. 22, 2013 - 10:51PM JST
This is Asia. What do you expect?
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Jul. 26, 2014 - 02:28AM JST
The words "health" or "health care" appear nowhere in the Constitution
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Jul. 26, 2014 - 02:27AM JST
2,235 cases, 5,724 defendants, 48 locations throughout Asia. Of which most notably, Batavia (Semarang case),…
Posted in: U.N. panel calls on Japan to compensate 'comfort women'
Jul. 26, 2014 - 02:18AM JST
Avigator your comment is very funny. I hope mod don't delete. I am happy many foreigner…
Funny that the Israelis have turned out to be the second coming of Hitler. Sorry, I…
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Jul. 26, 2014 - 02:11AM JST
"my bad"...Too late!....you gave away a lot "In your opinion" blah blah blah
Posted in: Are you planning to see the new "Godzilla" movie that opens in Japan today? Or if you have already seen it, what did you think of it?