@ Japanese People are Really Hard Workers? 日本人が仕事人間って うそ?

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Jul 30, 2010 12:20
"Hey, it's just a myth that Japanese people work very hard!"

Gah~

It's unlikely to be coincidental that I heard this twice from two different foreigners in a week.(It's unlikely (to be) a coincidence that I heard this twice from two different foreigners in a week.)

Both of them have been living and working in Japan for over five years. This is why I was unable to disregard what they said to me.(As both of them have been living and working in Japan for over five years, I was unable to disregard what they said to me.)

Yesterday, I arrived at an English school 15 minutes before the start of the class. (five minutes before class.) An American teacher came up and sat next to me in the waiting room, and we started chatting about this and that. He said that he would never take his work home, like the other Japanese teachers and staff do.

Then, he said that is familiar with the fact that Japanese people work overtime, and it's incorrect to describe it as hard work.

I nodded subconsciously, because that had been only a couple days before that I had heard the same thing from another foreigner. (I nodded subconsciously, because only a couple days ago I had heard the same thing from another foreigner.)

It is true that Japanese people work time for a very long time, but I'm not sure if they intentionally do so, or if they have to. (This is true that Japanese people's working time is vry long. I'm not sure if this is voluntary, or if they have to.)

I think the main reason it takes them so long to finish their work is because of the Japan's corporate structure.(I think the main reason of why it takes so much time to finish their work is due to Japan's corporate structure.)

We are living in a vertically structured society. If you are fresh out of school and start working in a company, you will have more than one or two bosses.

Your work would not be so simple, you would work according to your boss's orders or your boss's boss's orders, I don't know~ There must be lots of accumulated reports delivered around the company; from the upper section to the middle one, and from the lower section to the middle one. Would you have to wait for some kind of permission from your actual boss before going to the next step? It is a waste of time!

I'm sorry if I am wrong. I have not worked in a big company, though, I have some friends who are working long hours every day. Some of my friends gotten seriously sick, and I could not help trying to find the reason why they work from early in the morning until late at night. Some are being hospitalized, and I am so sad.


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