The highlights of Japanese media in 2014

/ | Jan 3, 2015

The highlights of Japanese media in 2014

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My choices for the most significant public phenomena of last year are associated with traditional media rather than the social kind, which isn’t to say these phenomena didn’t impact social media and vice versa, only that TV, newspapers and magazines still affect our perception ...

Newspapers take sides on 'Abenomics'

/ | Nov 29, 2014

Newspapers take sides on 'Abenomics'

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s dissolution of the Diet has become another point of contention between right- and left-leaning entities in Japan. One of the more revealing responses involved a website set up by a member of a nonprofit organization called Bokura no Ippo ga ...

Debating the merits of lifetime employment

/ | Nov 1, 2014

Debating the merits of lifetime employment

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Some years ago I worked for a language-teaching service that offered in-house classes for companies. One client was a major electronics manufacturer, and many of the students were trained engineers assigned to the sales division. This human resources tactic always struck me as counter-productive, ...

A dark force targets youth at their jobs

/ | Oct 18, 2014

A dark force targets youth at their jobs

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In the ongoing discussion about workplace abuse, the media has advanced yet another new term. “Black baito” modifies the already popular phrase “black kigyō,” which are companies that manipulate or ignore labor standards in order to get employees to work overtime without pay. “Baito” ...