A company freshman's sharp learning curve

| Apr 2, 2018

A company freshman's sharp learning curve

by Mark Schreiber

The first Monday in April — April 2 this year — sees tens of thousands of 生き生きして元気な新入社員 (ikiiki shite genki na shinnyū shain, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed newly hired company employees) — also referred to as フレシュマン (fureshuman, freshmen) — decked out in their new ...

Taking an interest in describing hobbies

| Apr 2, 2018

Taking an interest in describing hobbies

by Akemi Tanahashi and Hitomi Tashiro

Shōhin-ni tsuite go-setsumei-shitara, kyōmi-o shimeshite-kudasaimashita. (When I explained our product, they showed interest in it.) Situation 1: Section Chief Mr. Okubo asks Ms. Gray about her visit to the TK Co. offices. 大久保:  TK社の反応はどうだった? グレイ:  商品についてご説明したら、興味を示してください ました。 Ōkubo: TK-sha-no hannō-wa dō-datta? Gray: Shōhin-ni tsuite go-setsumei-shitara, kyōmi-o shimeshite-kudasaimashita. Okubo: How was ...

Let's discuss hay fever

| Apr 2, 2018

Let's discuss hay fever

With tens of millions of people struggling to cope with hay fever caused by cedar and cypress pollen across Japan, companies are perpetually coming up with new ways to survive the season of itchy eyes and runny noses.

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