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The Nov. 25 editorial “Throwaway workers” could have been written about gaijin English teachers — perhaps the most expendable workforce in recent memory. What irony that young Japanese employees now face the same arrogant cavalier attitude of feckless profit-motivated employers that most foreign-language teachers have been facing for the past 40 or 50 years!

During the 1970s and 1980s, young good-natured ESL teachers arrived in Japan filled with idealism and a sense of mission only to leave in a year’s time feeling very jaded at best. Japan is no country for young workers or teachers.

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