After the cold and long winter a spring is coming close to us. In Tokyo cherry blossoms will start blooming very soon. It’s too early this year! Do you know every Someiyoshino cherry tree has a same gene, ie, it is a clone ? So, its blooming timing is influenced by the circumstance only. Anyway, please be careful about cold temperature for your hanami party.
As one of opportunities for my side business I am considering if I could assist anybody who wants to communicate with companies outside Japan but has little experience. I have much experiences in those cases in joint ventures by communicating in English especially about technical fields.
One of my goodness is translate Japanese patents, technical broches and any types of documents into English. Verbal communications with non-Japanese people in English are also welcome. E-mailing in English is OK, too.
If anybody requires such assistance, please feel free to let me know.
Dear readers, How have you been in such the cold period? I am very sorry for not updating early.
Are you enjoying The PyeonChang Olympic Games? I am so so enjoying some of exciting games. But I think the low temperatures and the strong winds are unfortunate for some players.
Korea has generally much less snow than Japan. This is because the northwest wind absorbs moisture above Japan See (Korean people call it East Sea). Anyway, I hope the Olympic will finish with great successes.
Last week a manager from our parent company in Europe visited our Japan site for two days. He is a manager of a high level. I took a full attendance for him while he was in Japan. We had internal meetings, made visits to our partners and so on.
As one the agenda for the two days, there was such a case that an outside guest visited our headquarters in Tokyo. When the outside guest was going to enter our building, the European manager was sitting in an inner side (ie, not the side of the door) of a conference room. So, I said to him politely, “This side is for a guest, so, would you please move to the opposite side?”
Then his face had changed suddenly to a mixed mode (surprise, a little anger and smile). And he said, “Ain’t I a guest? This is challenging!” And he repeated “challenging!” I apologized to him and explained Japanese culture. I also explained to him that he belonged to our side (same group company) in this case even though he came from Europe. Finally he accepted it but he seemed not 100% comprehensive.
I did not fully understand the meaning of “challenging” he said many times. Japanese has no completely equivalent words with challenge. “Chousen” sometimes equals to challenge, however, it has only positive meanings. “Challenging” he said might mean a little bit negative like “picking a fight”.
But today he sent me an e-mail note and showed me many thanks for all my efforts while he was in Japan. (He is already back in Europe.) Now I am happy. But I should learn English more and more.
Hello, everyone! How did you start Year 2018? In my case I welcomed it impressively because I am just sixty.
Last year end I retired from our company, but I am continuing the work at the same company as a contract employee. In parallel I had already started considering several ideas of business as I showed some at my blog.
As I told repeatedly, I strongly believe that the real ability of a person should grow as he/she gains ages. However, the society simply rejects the opportunity of the person if he/she is over sixty.
So, now I would like to propose a business forum wherein people who support my idea above get together and have active discussions about what kinds of new business can be expected. Honestly speaking this forum is not for people who just like to enjoy old aged lives.
People who are eager to create new business, please join our business forum when it puts into practice.
Hello, everyone! We have very cold December days in Japan. How are you surviving?
At the yearend I will reach a retirement. But I will continue working even after the new year at the same company as a contract employee for at least one year. My salary will become half, but my responsibility and the company’s expectation to me will keep same. Not satisfied!
Good news for me from January is that side businesses will be allowed officially.
So, my business ideas are as follows (except the company working).
1. Event performances 2. Electronic publications 3. Ventures business (with regard to intellectual property, solution providing to special projects at a company, and so on)
Have nice winter days and a wonderful Christmas season!