Japanese Citizenship and How I Feel It Unnecessary

Few hours ago, I wrote in twitter, the following in Japanese. I heard about the story that someone’s collecting petition that would recognize dual-citizenship status to people who have naturalized to other country, but I personally feel that’s necessary. Sense of disconnect and awkwardness perhaps showing that I am no longer Japanese. I get enough […]

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…) […]

Social Network Analytics of Japan

Google Insights for Search reveals rather interesting fact about social network system’s in Japan. Overall, Japanese social network scene is dominated by mixi, and Google Insights filtered to Japan do show that trend as well. (In world wide trend, mixi is nothing.) Filtering the result to year to date 2009, it starting to reveal rather […]

Online Marketing in Japan?

When I was helping out figuring out what would be the best way to marketing the video game product online in Japan, I was disappointed I could hardly find any options. I’m talking about something other than those banner ads, but what I’m talking about is thing like Facebook page system. For example, there’s big […]

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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