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kiboushaMar. 28, 2015 - 07:17PM JST
In 2011, I quit my 11:00 am to 11:59 pm job of four years. First day on the new job, left the office at 5 pm, couldn't quite point out what I was feeling amiss. It hits me when I was crossing this bridge, realizing I've forgotten how beautiful the sunset is. I was literally stunted there for who knows how long, regretting that I've entirely missed the first year of my daughter's life, my wife, ... and so much more. Since then, I swore never again.
Posted in: Abe asks gov't employees to start work early, finish early in July, August
kiboushaMar. 25, 2015 - 07:40AM JST
Sometimes I wonder, Japan has so many things to be proud of, craftsmanship, creativity, politeness, etc. and yet "homogeneity" is something they seem to be most proud of and cling to it like earphones on youths ears so they can have some sense of self identity pride or something.
Posted in: The controversy that has erupted over her selection is a great opportunity for us Japanese to examine how far we have come from our self-perpetuated myth of homogeneity while at the same time it shows us how much further we have to go.
kiboushaMar. 16, 2015 - 08:54AM JST
My daughters speak English, but the parents of her friends would rather send their kids to "English courses" than make friends with my daughters (stay away from the foreigners!).
Posted in: 'Englishisation' - Is it working?
kiboushaMar. 10, 2015 - 03:09PM JST
Modus operandi of a Japanese company. Foreign subsidiaries don't make money, cut loose! Local subsidiaries don't make money, give it more money, they deserve a second chance!
Posted in: Sony sacks 1,000 employees at Swedish mobile unit
kiboushaMar. 09, 2015 - 06:51PM JST
When you live in the simple world of mathematical model it's easy to say the economy is doing great! Just check out the stock market rally! Everyone is practically richer compare to last year, even those that don't have asset in stocks, because your pension money are being used to buy stocks, so you're richer too and you can look forward to a rich and fullfilling retirement.
Posted in: Since the LDP won back power some two years ago, we have turned around the economy and changed the mindset of Japanese from despair to hope.
kiboushaFeb. 25, 2015 - 07:55AM JST
Give children purpose, it's time to switch to purpose base education. No more of that aimless-factory-workers-mentality education, day in day out, learn this learn that, semester in semester out, test this test that, etc. Purposeful education where the classes are about "baking bread", ever try it without knowing what is 100 g ? or "making bicycle from scratch", try create a wheel without learning that PI is 3.1415 ? You don't beat bullying by telling children it's not nice, but by taking it off their minds and replacing it with something they find interesting.
Posted in: What can be done to stamp out bullying at schools?
kiboushaFeb. 23, 2015 - 10:06AM JST
"We like their money, but not them".
Posted in: The tourism business wouldn’t survive without Chinese customers, so we don’t want to complain about them. It’s 50/50, give and take. We appreciate them coming, but we wish that they would come with a little more cultural awareness.
kiboushaFeb. 23, 2015 - 10:05AM JST
Posted in: 'Golden horde' of Chinese shoppers descend on Japan
kiboushaFeb. 16, 2015 - 03:07PM JST
Although literacy is important, why do you expect consistency from an inconsistent language ? Care for a little experiment ? Try pronouncing "bomb", "comb", "tomb" ? How do you explain "door", when you read "poor", "book", "cool", "look", "too", "zoo" ? Not to mention what makes "honest" special compare to "hone", "honey", "home" ? The list goes on and on.
Posted in: Why do so many native English speakers (mainly Americans) wrongly use "loose" instead of "lose?"
kiboushaFeb. 05, 2015 - 10:17AM JST
Once I had a coworker that basically lived in the office during a project. When the project finished and his wife was expected to deliver their first child, he was happy to get like 2 months off to replace all the Saturdays and Sundays he came in to work. The ego-centric-self-importance boss was already planning a new project, when informed about the 2 months, boss angrily told him that he must be a Non-Japanese, because no Japanese would ever take such a long Holiday. I Bet no Japanese would ever sue their boss either, so this law is nothing more than a "show", just like everything the Japanese do today, for "Show".
Posted in: Japan eyes compulsory 5 days' paid holiday a year
kiboushaFeb. 03, 2015 - 07:49AM JST
Japan, you can't be friends with everyone, you need to pick your side and fight. No more of that bull**** conformist attitude trying to "please" everyone and make everyone a "friend" when underneath all those smiles you just want to be left alone, don't be a selfish nation. grow up.
Posted in: Doubts raised over Japan's ability to handle international crisis
kiboushaJan. 20, 2015 - 07:53AM JST
"Lifetime" employment is a trap, during the "good" times, companies promised that to keep job market from being competitive thus keeping wages low. "Lifetime" and "wisdom of old people" pretty much messed up human motivation, "oh, I'm good until retirement, no need to hone my skills in anything anymore, just keep doing what I'm doing, I gain greater wisdom the older I get!". Bad times come, you got no skills nor the attitude to make breakthroughs, got fired, skills from previous company is not applicable to anywhere else. Now, aren't you proud about how Galapagos your company was ? how Galapagos Japan is ?
Posted in: Japanese companies doing more firing than hiring: OECD report
kiboushaJan. 15, 2015 - 08:49PM JST
How could anyone still sincerely trust another person that says "because I got caught, I'll try not to do it in the future".
Posted in: Uniqlo pledges to improve factory conditions in China
kiboushaJan. 15, 2015 - 12:11PM JST
@jcapan, my plan is normal public Japanese schools all the way to high school. I will not put the kids in "private" high school, to avoid Juku stupidity. I've read that private high schools in Japan focus too much on passing Toudai entrance test, their students have very little general education. Apparently, Japanese government changed a lot of education system in the past decade and public high schools now is actually much better than private ones in term of generally education the students. After high school then it will be university somewhere in Europe or Canada.
Posted in: Entrance exams: How parents ruin their kids' chances with misguided 'support'
kiboushaJan. 15, 2015 - 10:09AM JST
Studying to prepare to pass a test, such is a sad state of most countries' educational system. Scandinavian countries are way ahead when it comes to education and human welfare, and that's where I'm sending my kids to study.
kiboushaJan. 07, 2015 - 03:41PM JST
If you want a country's debt to decrease, it's easy, take out all your money from the bank and drop it at BOJ, they'll gladly take your money and shred them and the country will have less debt. If everyone do this, the country will have ZERO debt, and the people ZERO money, dreams come true !?
Posted in: At some point it will become clear to everyone that Japan has rung up debts that it has no ability to pay back other than through printing money: there simply aren’t going to be enough economically productive citizens.
kiboushaJan. 06, 2015 - 08:03AM JST
Chicken nugget is so easy to make at home, buy chicken, put them in a food processor with salt and pepper, grab the meat with a spoon, shape it up and dip it in the fryer. The time saved by buying a ready made chicken nugget is not worth all the problems and the added chemicals associated to it.
Posted in: McDonald's Japan hit by more nugget woes
kiboushaJan. 03, 2015 - 01:17PM JST
With all the money printing going on, it would be simpler if government can just "reimburse" all expenses of students that went to the US for ESL program for example, and they must prove it by passing TOEFL or TOEIC. Problem with Japan is that there are no incentives, motivations to learn English other than to look "cool".
Posted in: Is an entirely English-speaking village coming to Tokyo?
kiboushaJan. 02, 2015 - 05:01PM JST
Grumpy old farts can vote, so popular seeking fake politicians WILL listen to grumpy old farts. "I'm gonna die soon, I don't want to be reminded of how happy a child with life ahead of them can be".
Posted in: Complaints lead to debate about whether noise from schools should be regulated
kiboushaDec. 20, 2014 - 07:29PM JST
My facebook page is updated yearly with pictures of onsen, ramen, and all sorts of Japan's strangeness. These updates are from friends and acquaintances from Singapore. It's just anecdotal, but some people really do like coming back here.
Posted in: Do you think Japan is the sort of tourism destination that most people would only come to once, or is it a repeat destination?
Mar. 29, 2015 - 06:13PM JST
Down by the rice fields where I live, nice hardly any people, frogs singing. Sometimes I…
Posted in: Where is your favorite place in Japan to view cherry blossoms?
Mar. 29, 2015 - 06:10PM JST
Didn't investigators find piles of pills during the search of his home ? Which would most…
Posted in: Painstaking recovery mission at French Alps crash site
Hey, this is one Japanese guy who wanted to take time off work.
Bet when a…
Posted in: Sendai official sacked over fake bereavement days off
Mar. 29, 2015 - 06:05PM JST
Why did Japan get another foreign coach and one whose name I cannot pronounce or spell.…
Posted in: Japan beats Tunisia 2-0 in first game under Halilhodzic
Mar. 29, 2015 - 05:54PM JST
And I very much doubt that China has any plans to invade Okinawa
Posted in: Okinawa governor orders halt to work related to U.S. base relocation