taj's past comments

  • 11

    taj

    So, it's 16:30 and only two people have left early: one who had long ago planned the afternoon off and left at 13:00 and the head of operations who is the one who proudly announced that our company would participate in "Premium Friday" (as long as everyone makes up the missing 3 hours somewhere else. That person was out at a client site, came back at 15: 20, to walk through the office and announce he was leaving for Premium Friday - didn't stop to take his coat off or check his desk.

    I am curious how things are going elsewhere. Are people out there spending? Or are people ignoring this as a distraction, intended to make the government look like they're taking action.

    Posted in: Abe meditates as Japan punches time clock early for 'Premium Friday'

  • 0

    taj

    "The handicapped access to many train stations in the greater Tokyo area is atrocious!"

    One of the legacies of hosting international games is improvements to things like public transportation and accessibility. New facilities are built with universal access in mind. Existing infrastructure is retrofitted where possible. Signage is reconsidered. (the 2002 World Cup really drove a lot of the English, Korean, and Chinese signage at train stations)

    Tokyo has lots of braille and more sidewalk markings for the visually impaired than I've seen in most cities, but it is still a really hard place to navigate for people with mobility issues (and people with babies. That said, in the decades that I have been here, things have improved greatly. The 2020 Olympics, with all it's costs, and annoying hoopla, will at least contribute to further improvements in this area.

    Posted in: Gov't eyes inclusive, barrier-free society toward Tokyo Olympics

  • 3

    taj

    my company has announced a three month trial of this Premium Friday. You still need to make up those three hours somewhere else during the month. And we can't close, as we have customers, and it's not forced, but everyone who can should try to leave at 3:00.

    I plan to work until 7. Avoid crowded trains. Leave early on Monday instead, as there's something I want to do Monday evening. Why force everyone to shift there's schedules to take the SAME TIME OFF?? We already have flex time - people should be free to work late on Wednesday to leave early for a class on Thursdays as suits them, if it fits their own schedule and family/life.

    I've proposed that instead we treat every Friday as truly premium. No meetings scheduled after 3:00 on Fridays (or the day before a national holiday), except in emergencies. That proposal has thus far been ignored. I shall continue to lobby for "meeting-free Fridays". (and then for Monday mornings,....)

    Posted in: Companies showcase ideas on how to spend 'Premium Friday'

  • 2

    taj

    "You can start by hiring full time english teachers at the hospitals to give DAILY english lessons to the staff, so that they know how to communicate with foreigners."

    Do you assume all visitors to Japan speak English? Or that all staff have time for daily lessons? And do you think it would be worth the investment in every hospital in the country?

    It would make more sense to designate certain hospitals in major centres who have Chinese, Korean, and English speaking staff, and then have a shared interpretation hotline set up that could be used by medical care providers nationwide.

    Posted in: 28 hospitals selected as foreigner-friendly

  • 0

    taj

    To the people saying, that is your job, I would like to say that, yes, it is the job of the interpreter to translate and transmit the meaning and nuance of the speaker. It is challenging enough to do simultaneous interpreting between languages of similar structure,where you can be working nearly word for word just a few words behind, but between English and Japanese, you often have to wait to the end of the sentence to get the verb, the tense and whether something is negative or affirmative. You follow along much further behind and need to be remembering more while speaking.

    With a speaker who is not working from a script, and a speaker who changes directions and topics mid-sentence this is hella hard. And then add a dash of made up words (bigly) that you think you must be mis-hearing, and you've got hit yet another level.

    That one translated sentence that Thunderbird gave came from a prepared speech and was probably one of the most coherent and straightforward things President Trump has said. I can not imagine for what it would be like trying to do live simultaneous work on say, his recent unscripted press conference.

    Posted in: He is so overconfident and yet so logically unconvincing that my interpreter friends and I often joke that if we translated his words as they are, we would end up making ourselves sound stupid.

  • 10

    taj

    He had no power, he lived abroad and loved gambling, was not considered to follow Jong Un as a leader, in fact not even interested in it so not sure why he was on a hit list. It doesnt make sense

    I'd suggest looking at the history of the York, Lancaster, and Tudor dynasties. (or Game of Thrones, if that's more your thing). For a dynastic ruler who is feels support slipping, anyone else with a potential claim to the throne represents a threat. That person can become a rallying point for those who wish to the leader or overthrow the line of succession. eg: Jane Grey had no interest in the becoming queen of England after young Edward VI died, but protestants wanting to avoid the Catholic Mary from taking over and undoing Henry VIII's reforms, rallied and put her on the throne. Briefly.

    Posted in: Malaysia arrests 3rd suspect in N Korean's death

  • 1

    taj

    the SC nominee called Trump's remarks disheartening and discouraging. More accurate with each passing day.

    That is a big piece of what gives me hope that he's a reasonable and intelligent person.

    Posted in: Puzder withdraws nomination to be Trump's labor secretary

  • 2

    taj

    Good on "the anonymous 6" for standing up against party lines, for the good of their constituents. I wish just one more would have gone against party lines against Betsy DeVos, but I hope the two who did so publicly will be rewarded rather than punished for putting constituency before party. I also hope to see the Democrats (continue to) pick their fights and not just all oppose everyone. It seems Tillerson got nothing like the opposition that DeVos faced.

    I'm still not sure about the Supreme Court justice. He seems reasonably reasonable for a literalist. I haven're really read enough of his previous rulings to have a good sense of him either way.

    Posted in: Puzder withdraws nomination to be Trump's labor secretary

  • 1

    taj

    Nessie:

    So what, they dressed her in a swimsuit and posed her, all against her will? At some point you have to take responsibility for your own choices.

    I hate to ever disagree with you, but, keep in mind, she's only 22 and has already been in the business 8 years. (Basically sold into it at age 14). How much can an 18 year old push back against a 50 year-old boss, or room full of them? How about a 16 year old?

    Brainwashed by the talent agency system and then again by a cult. She has my sympathy.

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  • -1

    taj

    I have worked with Nambu-san and he is a ball of energy, always thinking of new directions to go and new businesses to launch. I didn't see him thinking so much about ways to balance life and work. People worked long hours to keep up with his new projects.

    I was hoping, based on this headline, that Nambu-san's newest project would be to innovate something around work-life balance. Afterall, the government is pushing this "Premium Friday" to start this month, to improve work-life balance by getting every employee to leave at 3 pm on the same one day a month so that we can all crush onto public transport together and try to go to the same leisure facilities together at the same bleeding time. I am confident Namub-san could come up with something more meaningful.

    Posted in: Pasona's goal: To create society in which each person can balance work and life

  • -1

    taj

    When I was 8 i knit a scarf for my cat, tied it on the little rascal and then he ran away, up a tree, got scarf caught in said tree, and nearly choked himself before getting loose. After that I just knit him a sleeping pad/afgan. He hated it too, but at least it didn't nearly kill him.

    Posted in: Knitted cat scarves take Japanese feline fashion world by storm

  • 4

    taj

    Nightclubs? Do they mean hostess bars? Any place with dancing should not allow smoking.

    I can understand that there are small (owner is only worker) shops that cater to the old neighborhood guys looking for a place to drink and smoke. If those masters or mamas want to smoke with their customers, and have a big "smoking allowed"sign it's only their own health (and business) at risk. Any place with employees (and that should included hostesses) should need to be non-smoking. The little smoky places will die out as their clientele does.

    Any bar, izakaya, or restaurant aimed at a younger clientele will soon be all non-smoking, with or without legislation, just in order to attract people who care about food. Legislation can speed up the process and get owners over their fears.

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  • 1

    taj

    Just another sign that golf should not have been accepted back into the Olympics. (This problem of exclusion is not unique to Japanese courses.)

    Posted in: 2020 Tokyo Olympic golf venue postpones decision on full membership for women

  • 1

    taj

    "a desire to create strong families". Is he planning to outlaw divorce?

    Posted in: Australian senator, who is Trump supporter, to start new conservative party

  • 1

    taj

    "I made ****an**** error".

    A series of errors over a period of 25 years, is more like. Sustained behaviour speaks to character.

    Posted in: France's Fillon apologises for expenses scandal but refuses to step aside

  • 2

    taj

    "The incumbent mayor garnered more than 16,000 votes, more than triple the ballots casted for his competitors, including one supported by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s LDP."

    That warms the cockles of my heart.

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  • 7

    taj

    There are fewer and fewer young people to attend these institutions. No need for new schools at all. Any new ones in Tokyo just mean the regional schools close down. Good idea. I hope they don't deliberate for too long.

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  • 0

    taj

    Surely we don't need the kind of people who travel for gambling. We have enough visitors coming for non-nuisance attractions.

    Posted in: Global casino operators mount charm offensive in Japan

  • 4

    taj

    Following up on @spinningplates, @gaikokujim, you should look for your local labour consultation office. http://www.mhlw.go.jp/bunya/koyou/gaikokujin12/pdf/english_0010.pdf (list of offices throughout Japan that have services specifically for the gaikoku types).

    At 9 years on, you may be barking up a dead tree, mind.

    Posted in: 7-Eleven penalizes 16-year-old part-timer for taking 2 days off due to illness

  • 0

    taj

    Is Sapporo so short of hotel accomodations that other athletes are going to be assigned to the APA hotel? They should be excluded completely.

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