"リフレッシュ休暇制度(勤続5年で10日間)"

— From a job advertisement.

What the..

This oyaji working a vegetable stall was wearing a summer sonic staff shirt…

"In a global survey of women in parliaments, Japan ranked 123rd out of 189 countries."

http://www.businessinsider.com/japanese-women-and-work-holding-back-half-the-nation-2014-3

Except inside the door are Japanese corporate working conditions. 

adrianasavvy:

Mona

niryopa said: What!??!

That’s Japan. She graduated along with me from one of the best schools here. Busted her ass to land a corporate job. Got the job, and found out it is “black”. It’s not so easy for fresh graduates to pick and choose here, so she has to either quit now and leave with me, facing some difficulty getting anything corporate in Australia without much experience, or try and tough it out for a few years and then go. Either way we will both be leaving soon. Jobs that pay OK and also treat you reasonably are just too rare here. 

S will be sent to a factory in the countryside in a few weeks. Three months. Working day and night. No weekends. No food provided (she has to eat convenience store bento). Somebody fucked up the project, and nobody wants to go clean it up. So they are sending a bunch of new recruits to do it. Unbelievable.

EWWWW

chanaeinehime:

So I forgot to clean out the thingy in the sink that catches the food before I left (does anyone here have a garbage disposal??) and now it smells horrible and I think it’s all melted together after 5 days in my hot ass apartment COOL NOT COOL

Life in Japan ;-)

chinadigitaltimes:

99percentinvisible:

Listener Hannah Cameron sends us this dispatch from Shanghai, China.
"I really believe there is something to be learnt from the way they use public space here. Every single space is utilized. I cycle to work everyday to watch everyone getting haircuts, drying their washing, selling vegetables out of their front window.. all on the street. As a woman, I can walk on my own down a dark alleyway at night and know I’m safe. Because there are people everywhere, families, friends, eating drinking… all outside their homes.”

Listen to 99% Invisible on China’s “duplitecture,” Taiwanese spy broadcasts over China and Hong Kong’s legendary Kowloon Walled City. Read more on copycat architecture from China Digital Times.

Tags: shanghai

"On the tape, the company commander then “clarifies” why he killed Iman: “This is commander. Anything that’s mobile, that moves in the zone, even if it’s a three-year-old, needs to be killed. Over.”"

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/nov/24/israel

chinadigitaltimes:

Today at China Digital Times, Beijing formally announces the graft probe of former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang. Zhou is the highest ranking official to undergo investigation since the Gang of Four. 
Also hackers hit Hong Kong media and the city’s democracy movement, and "white houses" proliferate in China.
Photo of the Day: A Secret Love for Instant Noodles by kulucphr

chinadigitaltimes:

Today at China Digital Times, Beijing formally announces the graft probe of former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang. Zhou is the highest ranking official to undergo investigation since the Gang of Four

Also hackers hit Hong Kong media and the city’s democracy movement, and "white houses" proliferate in China.

Photo of the Day: A Secret Love for Instant Noodles by kulucphr

Arg. Why do I keep taking interviews at places that are too far away and then get offered the job?

"

Dawkins has been arrogant for years, a man so convinced of his intellectual superiority that he believes the one domain in which he happens to be an expert, science, is the only legitimate way of acquiring or assessing knowledge. All of his outbursts in recent years follow from this belief: he understands the scientific method, a process intended to mitigate the interference of human subjectivity in data collection, as a universally applicable way of understanding not just the physical world but literally everything else as well. Hence his constant complaint that those appalled by his bigoted vituperations are simply offended by clarity; feeble-minded obscurantists who cling to emotion, tradition or the supernatural to shield themselves from the power of his truth bombs.

You don’t have to be religious to find this level of hubris baffling. In his review of The God Delusion, Terry Eagleton remarks:

Imagine someone holding forth on biology whose only knowledge of the subject is the Book of British Birds, and you have a rough idea of what it feels like to read Richard Dawkins on theology.

Dawkins’ narrow mindedness, his unshakeable belief that the entire history of human intellectual achievement was just a prelude to the codification of scientific inquiry, leads him to dismiss the insights offered not only by theology, but philosophy, history and art as well.

"

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/30/richard-dawkins-what-on-earth-happened-to-you?CMP=fb_gu

Tags: Dawkins