Social Expectations in Japan and Why I Can’t Ever Live in Japan

During Sakura-Con, I had chance listening to Roland Kelts talking about foreigner living in Japan. He said that if foreigners visit Japan, they can’t be one of them (Japanese) but they will be able to enjoy benefit of being in Japan without being expected to be Japanese. (and any effort of blending into them will […]

Sakuranbo Elementary School Fiasco

Sakuranbo, a Japanese word for cherry, sounds quite innocent. Probably so if you stick that as name of the elementary school, well, unless it was already being used by mature themed sexual game (eroge) group. Here’s what happened. In Higashine city in Yamagata prefecture, there is new elementary school being built. Since Higashine city is […]

On Japanese E-mail Mannarism

One of Japanese “E-mail mannerism” article is causing bit of arguments on twitter. Idea is that the article is saying that one should be suffixed with sama (Japanese Mr./Ms.) to names showing up in “TO” header, which a lot of people claim it is bad know-how. I actually believe it is very bad idea. Simply […]

The Way Japan Treats Japanese

There’s a law in Hyogo, and now Saitama prefecture that forces parents writing essay to their carrier in order to the parents to lift mandatory internet filtering service on their childs’ mobile phones. It is their effort of preventing children in their community to not be exposed to inappropriate contents, but I just felt it’s […]

Using Microsoft Excel as Word Processor? You Bet!

Few weeks ago, Japanese Slashdot.org put up an article, titled Americans Surprised in Craze, Japanese Using Excel for Graph Paper. Idea is that a lot of Japanese use Microsoft Excel for doing work seems to be more suitable with word processors, such as Microsoft Word. (I personally like OpenOffice.org, but that’s not the point here…) […]

Just few notes about my “work environment” related notes

Before I go on with more of work environment notes in Japan. There are few things I’d like to make it clear. First, I have not worked in Japan before, so a lot of articles do come from news sources, and other blogs. Those articles are screened through to see how credible they are, by […]

Management of a Company Retires Over Hostile Work Environment

Ok, I’m exaggerating here, but I found this hilarious. NHK and other reports that Stuart Chambers, the president of Nihon Itagarasu (Nippon Steel Glass) who was transferred from its own subsidiary in England a year ago just resigned. He says: “I think many many Japanese people, particularly the classic salary man, if you like, puts […]

Battle over satire song by Vocaloids

Multiple sources including Slashdot.jp reports that Crypton Future Media, the company who has produced voice synthesizing software, Hatsune Miku (初音ミク) and others requested Niko Niko Douga (ニコニコ動画) to take down parody song with satire, coinciding with arrest of Japanese actress Noriko Sakai (酒井法子). The song, in question is a parody of Noriko Sakai’s famous song […]

You may be screwed if you don’t write your resume by hand

According to the research by Business Media Makoto, Japanese HR personnel exercises rather criteria when they screen their candidate. The hearing was conducted from 1416 hiring personnel in companies, between April 17th and May 1st. Question were regarding resume, and respondent were expected to answer each of them in scale of “Strongly positive,” “Somewhat positive,” […]

The husband got into trouble when his wife found out that their daughter got her name from an adult game

Japanese Slashdot article explains that: According to some Anonymous Coward, article from Ameba News, there is 2ch BBS thread where the story explains how the man got into trouble because of the fact that his wife found out their daughter was named after the character appear in Japanese 18-kin (appropriate for 18 and older) video […]

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