It’s the time for year-end parties.
You might even have been invited to some new year ones as well.
Most of those invites mean well. They would like you to join in the festivities, get drunk, and have a good time. But maybe, like me, you are concerned about the price. The price that they somehow left out in the details.
Would you like to come to this place at this time if you are free?
“I would if it’s not going to burn another hole in my pocket”
is something you can’t really say because there is a need to keep the WA.
So try replying to that email with something like this. → Read more
The world is slowly making the switch from cash to cashless – more and more people pay with cards these days. Just how much is one able to use their card (or virtual cards in phones) to pay at various locations are shown below,
According to the programme, China thinks that Japan still needs change – old country.
There is also the concern that → Japan needs to go cashless so that foreigners who do not like to use cash will purchase merchandise from Japan. Other people from other parts of the world are going cashless. A huge amount of loss is expected from → Read more
This week’s FUKAYOMI is about 悪質クレーム (malignant claims; which is basically a customer complaining and seeking compensation unreasonably) on front-line staff. Such ‘claims’ are, including, but not limited to, an inappropriate demand of money or items, unreasonable requests, complaints without valid reasons, and continuous complaints.
It is often said that the Customer is God in certain countries and industries.
In Japan, the concept of おもてなし (hospitality) is already very strong, but front-line staff are subjected to → Read more
I watched another FU.KA.YO.MI session on the television this morning.
Today, the topic is about organ donation after death. In Japan, there is a small area at the back of one’s blue National Health Insurance card that gives the owner a chance to specify whether they would like to donate their organs after death.
It is written as such → Read more
I watched the television program FU.KA.YO.MI where they invite experts to talk about issues in society. Today’s session was about retirement issues. Apparently, the retirement age is 60, but due to an ageing population, the young aren’t able to fully support the seniors. The way Japan goes about fixing this problem is to extend the working age to above 60. However, many companies choose this path of ‘rehiring’, which means → Read more