Monsters Are Here
Today, the Japanese people appear to be going out of order. The recent deterioration in education and degeneration of morals in Japan are almost embarrassing. No wonder a number of books having the word hinkaku (dignity) in their titles have been hitting the best seller list. According to a recent survey, more than 70% of the respondents regard politeness and modesty as Japanese people’s virtues but nearly a half of them are concerned that the Japanese people are losing these virtues. It now seems to be especially important to know what is happening in the field of education that is the basis of nation building. Some teachers have pointed out the problem of some parents who disrupt school by making unreasonable demands, such as “A parent repeatedly made threatening calls to the school for a week to make sure that his child would be chosen as a runner in the relay” or “A parent requested the school to remove all play equipment from the schoolyard because her child had been injured from using it.” Let us introduce the case examples that make us feel a cold chill. What could we possibly do to fix this situation?
Working with Japan
by Patricia Pringle
Increasing numbers of Americans are working closely with Japanese in global teams—as technical specialists, such as attorneys and engineers, or in executive positions. As a consultant to global teams made up of Japanese and Americans, I have seen first-hand how differences in working styles can frustrate both parties and foster mistrust. I have also seen how both sides can reach out and bridge these differences, building highly productive working relationships.
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Analog to Digital
With its rounded knobs and hinged plastic dust cover, the TEAC LP-R400 looks like one of those “stereophonic hi-fi systems” from the early 1970s.
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