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ronaldkMay. 02, 2013 - 11:46AM JST
Unfortunately I work in a large traditional Japanese company and know the reality. The non-managers stay late to get extra money from overtime. They have basically told me so. The managers stay late because if they leave before their boss then they will not get promoted. I am the token gaijin, so when I leave on the bell they all feel smug and self-satisfied about the hard-working Japanese, lazy gaijin stereotype that I happily fulfill.
Posted in: Why do Japanese work such long hours?
ronaldkSep. 01, 2012 - 10:05AM JST
In West Philly they just pop a cap in you. That is probably a lot less painful than the beating described above.
Posted in: My very brief fight with a yakuza
ronaldkApr. 22, 2012 - 10:07AM JST
They wanted it they got it. Earthquakes and other natural disasters have happened since the beginning of time so nothing to be surprised about.
Posted in: Crises make automakers rethink lean parts supplies
ronaldkMar. 31, 2012 - 07:06PM JST
I wonder how long Hitachi's nuke reactor division can hang on. Will a random deal here and a random deal there be enough? I really wish the J government would spend big on solar and there is good technology here for that.
Posted in: Lithuania, Hitachi sign nuclear plant deal
ronaldkMar. 31, 2012 - 07:04PM JST
Wow! I am glad he can speak for all Japanese-Americans.
Posted in: We are the most mainstream American of all Asians, yet we are more traditional than the Japanese in Japan. We are frozen in time. We are caught between two cultures, and we have mixed feelings about everything.
ronaldkJan. 31, 2012 - 11:16AM JST
I am no historian, so one of our brainiac ph.d.s feel free to chime in. My understanding of history is that after the plague was one of the few times where the population fell, and I further understand that due to the relative shortage of labor thereafter there was a prolonged period of higher wages and better living conditions for laborers. Thus, perhaps for those of working age, the working condition will improve.
Posted in: Japan's population to shrink two thirds by 2110
ronaldkJan. 27, 2012 - 04:38PM JST
This guy better get the launch right or he is gonna be on the street waving an orange baton soon. I feel really sorry for Nintendo employees and shareholders. This company has a lot of potential, but they need to embrace the new technologies and license their games for internet or iPad access.
Posted in: Nintendo chief promises to do Wii U launch right
ronaldkJan. 27, 2012 - 04:35PM JST
The article says: "According to a U.S. study published by the journal Pediatrics in 2010, 15% of American girls now have breasts by age seven, with similar trends observed in Europe and Australia."
This suggests that previously a lesser percentage had breasts (less than 15%) but no figure is given. Poor journalism.
Posted in: 'Tween' lingerie walks Lolita tightrope
ronaldkJun. 02, 2011 - 01:52PM JST
My last office had the office fink, who would watch everyone when the boss was out. When the boss got back, the fink would discretely call the boss from his desk, and the boss, in full view, would answer phone, and we would see the report taking place. The only thing worse than a brown-noser is a fink.
Posted in: Employees reveal absurd company regulations
ronaldkMay. 09, 2011 - 01:47PM JST
I wonder what the date said when he found out? "Shall we cross swords?"
Posted in: Man disguised as a woman arrested for beating up his date
ronaldkMay. 09, 2011 - 11:14AM JST
Honestly, I have to commend this kid. He left the baby in a place sure to be found and called the police to alert them. Many cases I read they leave the baby in a place it won't be found and will ultimately die.
Posted in: 16-year-old youth arrested for abandoning 2-day-old daughter
ronaldkMay. 05, 2011 - 05:02PM JST
I agree with himehentai. There are some highly educated English "speakers" in Japan who look like they are dropping a terd for every word.
Posted in: English ability of little advantage for mid-career job seekers
ronaldkApr. 27, 2011 - 02:07PM JST
why she single?
Posted in: Christel Takigawa launches new book on why she loves Paris
ronaldkApr. 26, 2011 - 04:02PM JST
Posted in: Man arrested for allegedly killing flatmate with bat
ronaldkApr. 26, 2011 - 10:05AM JST
Hey Nintendo, I am a middle age customer. First of all, the games are too complicated. I don't have 45 hours to master a level. Second, I don't need 2 screens, that just complicates things and hurts my eyes. Third, nobody wants 3D. Even my junior high kid doesn't like it.
Posted in: Nintendo's annual profit down 66%
ronaldkApr. 25, 2011 - 02:15PM JST
Yeah, give to a charity for their cut. I applaud this effort.
Posted in: Donors hand envelopes with cash to evacuees in Ishinomaki
ronaldkApr. 21, 2011 - 02:10PM JST
Posted in: Once the nuclear crisis is brought under control, should TEPCO executives face criminal charges at some point in the future?
ronaldkApr. 18, 2011 - 09:52AM JST
I work in Tokyo and found that the vast majority of long-timers with permanent jobs did not leave Tokyo. Seems this phenomenon is more short-timers. Also, in my office, many many Japanese returned to hometowns out of harms way--not me. I don't blame anyone for leaving. Right after the tsunami it was unclear how bad things would get and with the group mentality, if everyone finally decided to evacuate because the situation got too bad, then those who "valiantly" stayed behind in Tokyo would have been toast.
In addition, after the tsunami, there was a sense of unease in Tokyo that something bad would happen. Perhaps N.Korea would take the opportunity to lob a missile, or some right wingers would go after foreigners. These are not far-fetched ideas considering they could not even deliver gas, milk, bread or water!
Posted in: Why did those foreigners who decided to leave Japan in the aftermath of the March 11 disaster come in for so much derision from some people who labeled them with words like 'flyjin?'
ronaldkApr. 15, 2011 - 05:26PM JST
One lucky guy.
Posted in: On the job
ronaldkApr. 15, 2011 - 10:41AM JST
I wonder if Japanese realize how shocking and reckless their government appears. At a time of a national disaster I would expect politicians to come together (even briefly) to forge a plan to help the tsunami victims. I saw LDP bigwigs last night on TV criticizing Kan, it is unbelievable that they would do so at this time.
Posted in: Ozawa shows his disloyalty to Kan
May. 21, 2013 - 01:11AM JST
so Japanese people are in denial.
Posted in: Companies Japanese people are most proud of
May. 21, 2013 - 01:10AM JST
If you'd been less hasty in posting that little tidbit, you would also have discovered that…
Posted in: China trying to strengthen its claim to Okinawa
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Posted in: Obama to go public with his counterterrorism strategy
May. 21, 2013 - 01:05AM JST
@Guru Russia was not one of the authors of the Potsdam deceleration.
You have no idea…
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Posted in: Adobe changing its products to cloud services with monthly fees