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(The Mainichi (Japan))   In Japanese factory employing 120 employees, over half the workers are 60 or older. "Even if we wanted to employ young people, they aren't there, and it would be foolish not to make use of workers who are still healthy"   (mainichi.jp) divider line 11
    More: Scary, Japanese, youths, food processing, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan  
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2219 clicks; posted to Business » on 14 Jan 2013 at 2:34 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-01-14 01:53:00 PM  
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xynix: My technical assistant is in his mid 60s. He's had about 40 years of experience in technology and knows pretty much everything. Best techy I've had working for me ever and I can tell you what if he goes away I'll be hiring another seasoned IT vet. He doesn't have hangovers because he quit drinking years ago. He doesn't make shiat up if he doesn't have an answer because he's come to the point in his life where he realized he didn't have to be cocky to be respected. + about 10 other reasons why I'll be looking for an older guy if I ever have to replace him.


Eventually you run out of old guys, and the young guys don't have the same experience because nobody bothered to hire and train them.
2013-01-14 01:51:03 PM  
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Saiga410: Sounds like my current office. Come on gray beards retire already. I want some upwards mobility at work but there is little with y'all clogging the lanes.


Fine. Ya willing to pay more into social security?

/crickets
2013-01-15 12:49:05 AM  
1 votes:
There's a certain subset of the foreign population in Japan that gets itself bent out of shape over the word 'gaijin', but IMO they're spoiled kids jumping at the chance to claim they're being oppressed for the first time in their over-privileged lives.

It's telling that every person I've encountered in Japan who thinks 'gaijin' is offensive (the derpiest of them wrote an article for the Japan Times claiming it was on par with the 'n-word') has been a white, affluent, college-educated westerner living the life of a pampered guest here. The Chinese, Burmese, Sri Lankans and Brazilians working underpaid factory jobs and 'trainee' farm and fishery jobs wish the harshest thing they encountered was being addressed as gaijin.
2013-01-14 07:34:12 PM  
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sabreWulf07: Contents Under Pressure: Saiga410: Sounds like my current office. Come on gray beards retire already. I want some upwards mobility at work but there is little with y'all clogging the lanes.

Fine. Ya willing to pay more into social security?

Why would we have to pay more? Haven't these gray beards been paying in their entire lives?


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Classic.
2013-01-14 12:55:56 PM  
1 votes:

xynix: My technical assistant is in his mid 60s. He's had about 40 years of experience in technology and knows pretty much everything. Best techy I've had working for me ever and I can tell you what if he goes away I'll be hiring another seasoned IT vet. He doesn't have hangovers because he quit drinking years ago. He doesn't make shiat up if he doesn't have an answer because he's come to the point in his life where he realized he didn't have to be cocky to be respected. + about 10 other reasons why I'll be looking for an older guy if I ever have to replace him.


please, tell us more about your plans to practice age discrimination in your company.
2013-01-14 09:16:55 AM  
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My technical assistant is in his mid 60s. He's had about 40 years of experience in technology and knows pretty much everything. Best techy I've had working for me ever and I can tell you what if he goes away I'll be hiring another seasoned IT vet. He doesn't have hangovers because he quit drinking years ago. He doesn't make shiat up if he doesn't have an answer because he's come to the point in his life where he realized he didn't have to be cocky to be respected. + about 10 other reasons why I'll be looking for an older guy if I ever have to replace him.
2013-01-14 07:38:38 AM  
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 On second thought I think "gaijin" winds up being derogatory when some Japanese refuse to make a distinction between foreigners.  The respectful ones will refer to nationalities as "American" or whatever; the bigots basically just use "gaijin" as if respecting other nations is more trouble than it's worth.  They may also use it instead of one's name, which is very derogatory.  However, when referring to foreigners in general conversation, it's a perfectly acceptable word.  So I maintain it's a matter of usage, and bigots can turn anything into an insult.

doglover: That seems generous. Their news is as bad as CNN and Fox.


I say "half" because unlike the U.S., at least they don't try to make spectacles out of everything.  They are revisionist like all get out, and they might use an on-site anchor for color commentary, but at least a typhoon is a typhoon.  In America you'd think an autumn rain is the end of effin' world.  After two years in Japan I picked up just how unnaturally American anchors speak.  They talk like they're the most important voice in the world and it's maddening.  I can't walk into an airport anymore without soundproof earphones.
2013-01-14 07:15:52 AM  
1 votes:

ongbok: Bet they go through a lot of cheetahs and tape.


I see you've thought about this before.
2013-01-14 06:12:22 AM  
1 votes:

grinding_journalist: Note to self: Start looking for jobs in Japan.

/do they call white people gwailos too, or is that just the Chinese?
//been afraid to ask, and can't trust the internet for a reliable answer


Gaikokujin = person from a foreign land

Gaijin = foreigner (fairly xenophobic in tone)
2013-01-14 05:01:37 AM  
1 votes:
I'd rather work with a 60 y-o than a 20 y-o any day.

/GOMDL
//OK, scratch that for the receptionist.
2013-01-14 02:59:29 AM  
1 votes:
They might want to reconsider that xenophobic immigration policy.  Or really get cracking on those robots.  Chop chop guys.
 
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