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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Men being outperformed by women in workplace in Japan...Or is it everywhere?

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French team after blanking Jamaica 8 - 0
I'm not even gonna laugh

Days 2269 – 2275
Thursday, June 5 – Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Day 2269 ( Soccer again / Child left in Apartment to Starve)
Thursday, June 5, 2014

Played soccer again with the school’s soccer team/club. I was sore afterwards. 

My hamstring muscle contract problem even resurfaced in the night. It lasted a while and was really painful.



Man arrested after child's skeletal remains found in apartment

Police in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a man after the skeletal remains of a young boy were found in his apartment on Friday.

According to police, the remains of the child were found at around 3:15 p.m. inside the apartment. TBS quoted police as saying that the remains were that of a young boy who apparently died about seven years ago when he was five.
In April, when the boy failed to show up at the start of school—where he had been enrolled several years ago—school officials notified a child welfare center which, in turn, contacted police on May 22.
Police went to the apartment and found the mail had been piled up but were unable to contact the boy’s father, truck driver Yukihiro Saito, 36, until May 30. Saito lives in a different apartment. However, he accompanied police to the apartment where the remains of his son (given to the school as the boy’s address) and officers discovered the boy’s remains.
Based on on-site analysis of the body, police said the boy had been dead for a long time. The apartment also showed signs of not having been in use for a long time.
Saito—who is divorced from the boy’s mother—was arrested after he admitted letting his son die due to starvation in the fall of 2006, TBS reported. Saito told police he moved out of the apartment shortly after.
Meanwhile, the Kanagawa Board of Education told a news conference on Saturday that the elementary school where the boy had been enrolled tried to make contact with his family after he did not come to school in 2007, NHK reported. Officials visited the apartment several times but there was no answer and the school assumed the family had moved away and delisted the boy.



Day 2270 (300 Rise of an Empire )
Friday, June 6, 2014

Today after work, I watched 300 – Rise of an empire. Some of the action scenes were amazing and the historical stuff was also interesting. However, it was nothing compared to part 1, which is one of my favorite movies of all time. “This is Sparta !!!”  I give it a 6/10.

Later on, I went to the Jamaican restaurant in Toyama called Jelly’s, my second time going there.



Day 2271 (Toyama Starbucks)
Saturday, June 7, 2014

Met 2 Jamaican friends today. We walked around an area of Toyama which is said to be one of the most beautiful Starbucks locations in the world.

Big Mike at work again.....www.bigmike-photos.com


We chatted for a long while then headed to a ramen shop. I haven’t had ramen at a ramen shop in years. Actually this was probably the third time.


Later on I met up with this German guy who has been living in Toyama city for a while now. Actually, I met him at the airport 1 month ago when I just came to Toyama on May 9. This guy is a professor at Tokyo University and is researching dark matter !! Pretty much the stuff that makes planets. 

We went to an Irish bar and had a looong talk about planets, dark matter, dark energy and some nerdy space science stuff that I am very much interested in. At the Irish pub, I saw this alcohol with a huge scorpion in it.

Wanna sip?

Later on he introduced me to this other pub that has some sort of dance floor there. You have to pay 3000 yen to enter then you drink all you want. Met some interesting people there. This German intellect really knows how to party and have a good time. Even in this remote location.

Even met the Jamaican restaurant owner's brother who said he has been visiting Jamaica every year, for 20 years now. I think he is some sort of reggae DJ plus has a sound system. He calls himself chinpira, which has some weird meaning in Japanese he said. Oh just checked... it means hooligan or young yakuza in training... Meet chinpira.

SMH @ dude around the back
It was an interesting day....But I had to head back to my apartment in the rain at about 3 am in the early morning. 



Day 2272 ( X-men, Days of Future Past / Interview with Didan Ashanta )
Sunday, June 8, 2014

Stayed in all day today. Watched X-men days of future past. I fell asleep twice while watching this. It lacked action.... I wanted to see much more and was expecting way more. So I was a bit disappointed. I also give this a 6/10 only because I am a long time x-men fan. 


Interview with Didan Ashanta, my former classmate

My former classmate, good friend and fellow blogger, interviewed me earlier this week. Here is the information and link to her blog.

Meet a Jamaican Expat: Dave in Japan

Dave Collymore
For most Jamaicans, “foreign” means USA, Canada and the UK, and they can’t imagine living in a strange culture or speaking a different language. But, there are some of us who enjoy travelling to new countries and love to experience different cultures. In fact, a lot of us are living abroad and many of us have made these distant lands our second home. As I’ve made my journey from one continent to the next, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting other Jamaicans who are living all over the globe. We all want the young people of our sweet Jamaica to realise that there is so much out here in the world for them to experience and learn from. So, please enjoy this new feature I’ll be hosting on Jamaican Expatriates. It’s designed to give Jamaicans a peek into the lives of men and women, who are from little Jamaica, but currently live, work and play in far away lands. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to a Jamaican Expat!
Jamaican Expat, Dave. www.davecollyjap.blogspot.com
 Please introduce yourself to my friends.
I’m Dave Collymore and I work in HR. I train English Teachers in Japan and I was born in Portmore, Jamaica.

Tell us about where you live and how long you’ve been living there.
I’ve been living in Japan for over 6 years – since March 2008. I lived in a rural prefecture, called Okayama, for 3 years; then in a major urban centre, called Yokohama, 3 years. Now, I’m doing a 1 year special assignment for my company in a rural prefecture called Toyama.

Dave Karate
Dave is only 2 katas away from earning his black belt in Karate.

Is this the first time you’ve lived outside of Jamaica?
Apart from the 3 weeks I spent in Brazil and another 3 weeks in Virginia, USA – yes! It’s my first time living outside of Jamaica.

Why did you take the brave step to leave your family, friends and familiar comforts to live in a foreign country?
I love adventure and travelling! I love to see and experience different cultures. So, if I see another feasible opportunity to live somewhere else, I’ll still take that opportunity.

Dave Author
Dave self-published a book of poetry, written in English, Jamaican Patois and Japanese. http://bit.ly/1p2q7lH

Tell us about a strange or surprising experience that you’ve had in Japan.
Too many to say…
But, some of the ones that stand out are: the constant stares, the food, their traditions and just the general way of life here. 30,000 suicides a year, anywhere, is considered outrageous! And, their falling birthrate is one of the highest anywhere in the world.

What would you say is special or satisfying about living in Japan?
It’s peaceful, to a point. I can also get to travel around South east Asia for cheap! The people will stare, but they are really helpful and nice – especially the rural ones. The urban ones… Hmm! Well, let’s just say there are some kind ones among them.

Dave Thailand
Dave gets cozy with one of the Tigers while on vacation in Thailand.

Is there anything that you’ve seen or experienced in Japan that Jamaica could benefit from adopting?
A spirit of voluntarism and a spirit of ‘never giving up’. But, how do you install these values into a society? I really admire these things about the Japanese people. They will work hard at helping each other – even without being paid. And some of them will work so hard – to their own detriment! Not that I encourage this – but, many Jamaicans are waiting for things to come to them instead of going out to get it – so, laziness prevails.

What aspect of Jamaican life do you think is lacking in Japan?
I miss hanging out with friends until late at night. I also miss the all-year long warm weather, as well as our beaches. I miss the street-side Jerk Chicken and the freedom to go anywhere without being stared down and/or scorned. Japan can get really lonely, at times. So, yeah – I miss just randomly calling a friend to chat with, when I’m feeling down.

Dave TV Personality
Dave has hosted his own TV programme and been a guest on various Japanese TV shows.

Would you encourage other Jamaicans to travel cross-culturally?
Yes! I would encourage that 100%. It is a mind-opening experience to travel and see other cultures. Many Jamaicans act like they know stuff about a country, when they have never been there before. Or, they’re just simply not interested in knowing about the outside world. When you travel outside, you get to learn a lot of stuff and meet a lot of great people with different views from our limited way of thinking in Jamaica. Expand your horizons and open up your minds!!

Dave Dub Poet
Dave is currently recording his first album and performs dub poetry at various events throughout Japan.

So, what’s the best way for a young person to prepare for life abroad?
Read extensively about where you are going, and go with an open mind.

© Didan Ashanta and DidanAshanta.com, 2013



Day 2273 ( Man Arrested for Exposing Himself to School Girls )
Monday, June 9, 2014

There was some sort of sport event opening ceremony at the school today. It was held in the gym and they made it look like the opening celebration of some Olympic style event. I think they call it soukoukai 壮行会 All the sports clubs came out in uniform: soccer, baseball, basketball, table tennis, etc etc. It was interesting to watch. 


35 year-old-man arrested for exposing himself to schoolgirls

Police in Tokyo said Saturday that a 35-year-old man has been arrested after he was caught exposing himself in front of a young middle school-aged girl on a roadside in Edogawa Ward.
According to police, Akira Imazu, of Sumida Ward and an employee in the food and drink services industry, was charged with public indecency. TV Asahi reported that at around 8 a.m. on May 21, Imazu exposed himself in front of a young girl riding her bicycle to school.
Police said Imazu had cut a hole in the crotch of his pants before going out.
Following his arrest, Imazu was quoted by police as saying, “I got a thrill out of showing girls my exposed parts. I’ve done it almost 10 times this year alone.” 




Day 2274 ( Men being outperformed by women in workplace in Japan...Or is it everywhere? )

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Finally got paid.... felt like I was waiting for a year. Paid a few bills, including my tax that I thought would have gotten less. Also got some Jamaican chippies banana chips 

that I ordered from a Jamaican here.
His website is 



Men being outperformed by women in workplace

What’s become of the Japanese male?
He’s had every advantage. His culture, first as a warrior society and later as an economic superpower, resolutely denied women their due, confining them to the home or the occupational margins. On men the fate of the nation was held to rest. They were primed for success. For a long time they succeeded. The idea of men being outperformed and overshadowed by women would have been unthinkable 20 years ago.
It’s thinkable now. In fact, it’s happening, says Shukan Post (June 6).
Personnel managers were reminded during this spring’s hiring season of an impression that has long been growing on them: female job applicants are brighter, sharper, more eager, more confident than males. They learn faster and communicate better. Men on the whole seem sluggish and dull in comparison, a state of affairs reflected, for the second consecutive year, in more female graduates than males finding jobs – 95.2% versus 93.8% this spring, say labor ministry figures.
That’s not the only statistical evidence. Additional confirmation dates as far back as 2009, when an internal affairs ministry survey, conducted every five years, found for the first time that female employees of five years’ standing were out-earning their male counterparts by some 2,600 yen a month – a step forward of historic proportions, given the unabashedly male workplace bias that Japan among developed countries has been most reluctant to slough off.
Personnel managers, their impressions still fresh from this spring’s just-concluded hiring season, seem to agree that, if it were a matter of people getting what they deserve, women would be running things. One personnel manager Shukan Post speaks to says, “On company tests the top 20 scorers were all women. If that was the only criterion, all our new hirees would be women.”
Why aren’t they? Why aren’t women running things? Very largely it’s the culturally ingrained notion that they’re not fit to, which helps explain why, ability aside, only some 8% of career-track employees at major Japanese companies are women. We could be on the cusp of a sea change here: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he wants to see women occupying 30% of executive posts at large corporations by 2020 – up from 4.5% as of 2011. Abe’s priority is reviving the Japanese economy. Corporations seem moved to cooperate on other grounds – namely their desire to revive their sagging selves.
Another question arises: Are the gender scales tipping as they are because men are losing qualities they once had and women gaining qualities they formerly lacked? Or have men always been naturally spiritless and women naturally spirited, only no one noticed because the male-oriented culture in effect veiled the truth in myth?
Shukan Post notes a tendency among mothers to spoil their sons rotten, raising them not so much to succeed as, above all, not to fail. There’s some truth in that no doubt, but it’s rather a shopworn bit of wisdom, too old to explain a very new development. Another hypothesis the magazine advances concerns women’s biological clock, which imposes discipline, the need to plan, and an awareness that the future does not stretch out indefinitely. The biological clock, too, is nothing new, but it’s application to the workplace may be.
Whatever the explanation, the facts are plain enough, and signal that if men don’t want to get left utterly behind as Japan poises itself for a revival of vigor and prosperity (if that’s what it’s doing), they had better wake up.

These were some interesting comments on the above article
- Anyone who has needed off-the-manual information at a store of any kind in Japan knows this to be true. Ask a man and get a wasted hour of teeth-sucking. Ask a woman and get the answer. Usually. Unless the store demands the women get the information from their (male) superiors.
in the work place... the woman have all the power in the home, should they decide to end a marriage the father may never ever seen their child ever again. Woman rule Japan not the other way around.
The Japanese male has been raised to be a risk adverse wage-slave and helpless consumer. It is happening elsewhere, but especially succeeding here. If this makes them too afraid or reluctant to join the military and a lousy corporate soldier, it might not be such a bad thing.
In general women have outpaced men in the workforce in many categories. In many cases the wage gap for women has narrowed. Women have been moving into high paying jobs. There also seems to be a trend developing of immature, underdeveloped and irresponsible males who are incapable of creating a life of independence and self-reliance. On the contrary young female adults appear to be more self-confident, motivated, and goal oriented. The balance of power and control appears to be shifting in a big way in the workplace and possibly at home as well. Men and women today are more likely than ever before to assume roles that were dominated by the opposite sex in the past. Much of this is good news. Unfortunately there are young men that are not stepping up and assuming a leadership role in work, family, and society. More men seem to be falling into self-destructive behaviors or assuming a passive position in society. In the end men are changing. Males and females are being raised very differently today.




Day 2275 (  )
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Just a usual Wednesday. Went home after work and watched Game of thrones... Season 4 - Episode 9. Wasn't all that interesting but still a good watch. 

I pity you none Game of throne fans. You don't know what you are missing. Seriously.

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