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temporaryVisaFeb. 26, 2010 - 08:09PM JST
I think it all starts with education. Japanese education doesn't equip young people to make good choices for themselves in life. Instead they are pressured into choices. The reason why japanese women get married is as shallow as "because he asked me" or they feel it's time to do so. The happily married japanese couples I know of are usually cases where both partners are well educated and working.
Posted in: Some wives wish their husbands would hurry up and drop dead.
temporaryVisaFeb. 18, 2010 - 12:23AM JST
Thanks Dean for sharing your experiences on this forum. Having taught at eikaiwas myself, I find it quite interesting to read about this from the point of view of someone who is running them.
I don't think there really is any ideal business model that suits all schools. So it's more a question of trying to make it clear what works for a particular school and find staff that fit into that mold.
A lot of Japanese run schools seem to consider their teachers as risk fact. Their business strategy is to make their teacher replaceable, and try to document experience about company culture and teaching experience so they won't be dependent on the experience of an individual. I agree that this is demotivating to the foreign teachers. But for those small schools who's recruitment isn't much more sophisticated as running an advertisement on gaijinpot or ohayo sensei, it may well be the most appropriate model for the kind of people they end up employing.
For those who have greater ambitions and want to be bigger than NOVA ever was without repeating their mistakes, a more corporate model may be more appropriate, but I don't think most school owners have such ambitions.
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temporaryVisaJan. 25, 2010 - 06:44PM JST
That's terrible. Maki's mother was a very generous and kind person. She ran her own izakaya in Edogawa. I met her and Maki's older sister there a few years ago. Really rough on the girls having already lost their father in a mountain climbing accident. I hope they're getting the support they deserve.
Posted in: Singer Maki Goto's mother dies after falling from 3rd floor window
temporaryVisaJan. 19, 2010 - 05:32PM JST
Unfortunately, unless the lyrics are absurdly simple and repeat over and over again, the meaning of the words of the rock classics go way over the heads of most Japanese. It's the same reason that French rock gods never make it big in America. So the only people who go to these shows are either joining a fad because they feel they should like this stuff or they are just plain fringe.
Posted in: How the rock-god tribute scene translates — or doesn’t — into Japanese
temporaryVisaJan. 15, 2010 - 11:57PM JST
Unfortunately these types have been fed the stereotypes by watching lots of JAV. So believing that touching any woman constitutes a violation they see groping as the easiest way to satisfy their urges.
Posted in: Why is groping so prevalent on trains in Japan? Anyone care to hazard a guess as to the psychological reasons on why men grope?
temporaryVisaDec. 11, 2009 - 05:21PM JST
A JLPT Level 3 Kanji? How foreign friendly.
Posted in: 'New' voted kanji character of the year
temporaryVisaDec. 01, 2009 - 05:52PM JST
I would have liked to read Yuko Ogura comments on Mr. Moore's suggestions for Japan. They might have revealed something about the impact his movie will have on Japan.
Posted in: Moore urges Japan to recover caring social security system
temporaryVisaNov. 22, 2009 - 08:47PM JST
Hatoyama isn't bad but Aki Hoshino reigns supreme.
temporaryVisaNov. 19, 2009 - 09:19PM JST
There does seem to be a culture of running red lights in Japan. I think most people in Japan know that when the light just turned green there's always some guy racing by at a ridiculous speed because his light just turned red. It seemed this time it was a truck driver. Poor kids.
Posted in: 15-year-old girl killed after moped collides with truck
temporaryVisaNov. 13, 2009 - 05:19PM JST
How about starting by banning those disgusting torture exploitation movies that let disturbed people build up sick fantasy worlds.
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temporaryVisaNov. 11, 2009 - 05:23PM JST
From the way that japanese photographer is sticking his camera in their faces on the picture it's pretty obvious how oblivious they are to showing some sensitivity.
temporaryVisaNov. 10, 2009 - 11:52PM JST
You have to see this in the wintertime with a big pack of snow on the roofs. It's straight out of a fairytale. I feel fortunate to have had the privilege.
Glad to see it was just a drill. I was also worried when I saw the picture.
temporaryVisaNov. 10, 2009 - 11:30PM JST
One less nut on the street. Hundreds more to go.
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temporaryVisaNov. 10, 2009 - 05:14PM JST
Nobody translates Berryz Kobou as Berryz Workshop it's ridiculous.
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temporaryVisaOct. 27, 2009 - 06:00PM JST
First males are brainwashed by countless manga magazines depicting perverted behaviour and then they have anti-pervert campaigns to try to stop them acting out such behaviour. Something is out of wack here.
Posted in: Cop caught taking up-skirt videos during anti-pervert campaign
temporaryVisaOct. 20, 2009 - 05:21PM JST
Hmmm I wonder what the best place would be to sell handcuffs and ropes to make some money on the side.
Posted in: Cop's handcuffs stolen while he's investigating adult entertainment business
temporaryVisaOct. 15, 2009 - 07:52PM JST
I wish people would just stop pretending Cirque du Soleil is entertaining.
Posted in: Shinsuke Shimada snaps during live show
temporaryVisaApr. 29, 2009 - 05:05PM JST
wow. she looks stunning.
temporaryVisaApr. 28, 2009 - 11:29PM JST
Seeing that Kusanagi is frequently refered to as goat face and even dresses up as such in SMAP comedy shorts, the choice of replacing him with a deer is truely baffeling.
Posted in: Deer character unveiled as Kusanagi’s successor for digital TV commercials
temporaryVisaApr. 10, 2009 - 09:47PM JST
Nintendo has sold the Wii at a profit since it came out. As is normal with a new console over time production costs fall, for the Wii this has been estimated at 45%. Yet Nintendo is happy to line its pockets with the extra margin instead of lowering prices. And why should they when they've been unable to meet demand for years. The irony is that the consumers that are suckered into buying this overpriced plastic toy soon find that the quality of Wii titles is atrocious. Which is why most Wii's end up gathering dust in cupboards after a few weeks fooling around.
Posted in: Nintendo not planning price cuts for hit machines
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