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goo Ranking coducted a survey into what hobbies guys got even more into since becoming adults.

I am not actually much of a hobby person, so I cannot quite relate to this survey. I occasionally wish I had continued my table-top RPGing; I did a little in university, but it didn’t stick, and a lot of the things on this list I have absolutely zero interest in.

Here’s a full-sized reproduction of a car from the most popular Japanese brand of slot cars:

TAMIYA Mini 4WD AERO AVANTE - Full scale.
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Surprising realities of dispatch work

Here’s one of these times that goo Ranking’s surveys give a detailed view of some aspect of Japan’s society, this time being the surprising realities of dispatch workers.

The dispatch law in Japan is a complex beast; for example the company where people are placed cannot legally instruct the dispatched staff or even select who gets placed – it all has to go through the dispatch company, although my experience of working with dispatchers is that the letter of the law is not always followed…

This situation will probably be familiar to many of my readers, as there is an increasing tendancy for Japanese schools to employ English teachers through dispatch companies; one major benefit for the schools or private companies is that it is very easy to dismiss the workers at the end of a short-term contract, whereas full-time employees are very difficult to dispatch, shall we say.

You’ll notice also that the vast majority of the points below are negative.

Here’s the only kind of dispatch most Japanese can get behind; the sign on the back says “Disaster Dispatch”, Japan’s Self Defence Force being sent to help out with natural disasters.

災害派遣
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Most Japanese users satisfied with Windows 10

How satisfied are you with your Windows 10 computer? graph of japanese statistics
A recent survey by the electrical superstore chain Edion into Windows 10 usage found that although satisfaction was high with their Windows 10 computer, slightly less were actually impressed with Windows 10 itself, suggesting that a good number of people liked their faster machine despite the operating system.

We’ve done the free upgrade to Windows 10 here, and although it’s less messy than Windows 8, as a power user the big blocky menus get in the way and overall feels a bit dumbed down. I’m happier with Ubuntu Linux at the office and some Debian version on my blogging netbook! How have my readers found Windows 10?
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Just one in three have had three or more days away in last five years

In last 5 years, have you had 3+ nights of travel? graph of japanese statistics

This survey conducted by DIMSDRIVE Research for From Planet looked at long holidays, where “long” was defined as three or more nights away from home, excluding returning to one’s parents.

It’s pretty sad that anything more than a long weekend is a “long” holiday, but I’m surprised that the number taking more than three nights away is so low. It’s understandable for domestic travel, I suppose, as room rates are rather expensive, but three nights overseas barely gets you anywhere! I suppose that’s why even with more than three days away, Hawaii and Taiwan are the most popular destinations.
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Characteristics of over-calculating women that turn people off

Today’s goo Ranking is a look at what over-calculating behaviour revealing the true state of women puts people right off. Of course, if there is also a male version published, I’ll be sure to post that too.

A couple of months ago there was an entertainment program on the television looking at models and their SNS behaviour; there was a fad for posting no-makeup selfies, but it didn’t stop most (all?) of them using skin-smoothing or eye-widening apps, and in one case even turning her extremely square jaw into a tapered point. For myself, I can guarantee that all my no-make selfies are un-retouched…

That number 10 about wanting to appear to have mental health issues seems to be a mental health issue in itself!

Here’s Duck Face in Osaka:

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Why Japanese work and don’t work

This combined survey and ranking from @nifty into working revealed a few attitudes that were new to me, so hopefully my readers will enjoy it too!

First, less than a third report taking a sickie or slacking on the job; I can understand, perhaps, people not wanting to admit slacking even in an anonymous setting, but in my experience with my employer, who offers more holidays than people can take, I feel that many people find it easier to phone in sick rather than go through the proper channels to request a holiday; I have no data to back this up, though!

I’m not sure if 25% workplace romances is high or low; I suppose it depends on whether or not the majority were affairs or not. I do remember when I joined our work union, at the introductory meeting they reminded everyone that one of their offerings were regular matchmaking-like social gatherings.

Here’s someone sleeping on the job:

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Foreigners and heatstroke in Japan

Have you experienced heatstroke symptoms in Japan? graph of japanese statisticsWith the 2020 Tokyo Olympics taking place right in the middle of the hot and humid Japan summer, heatstroke is a real worry, and indeed I saw on the news today that a committee had its first meeting today to discuss this very problem, so this survey from the Japan Weather Association and its Heatstroke Zero project into Japan’s heat will be a useful resource for the committee.

I’ve once had very close to heatstroke with uncontrollable sweating; on entering an air-conditioned cafe after a long walk in the sun I had sweat literally pouring out, and after a minute or two I looked as if someone had chucked a bucket of water over my head!
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Old folks and crane games

How do you feel about crane games? graph of japanese statisticsThe Crane Game Association recently released a survey looking at crane games (UFO Catchers).

The reason for this release was to advertise their upcoming Crane Gamer Certificate program, and of course to promote crane gaming amongst older folks, especially with Respect for the Aged Day coming up soon.

Although I’m not quite in the age band yet, I do enjoy crane games, although I haven’t played them for a while. I found the best place to play was where there are lot of competing game centres, and looking sad after failing to impress one’s date usually persuades the staff to help you out by nudging the present a bit closer to the exit chute.
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Bike life in Japan

What should your opposite sex pillion grab? graph of japanese statisticsAs an ex-biker myself, I found this survey from WAKUWAKU and the bike fleamarket app RIDE into the charms of riding most interesting.

My first bike was a 100cc two-stroke Japanese something or other until I passed my full licence, then a 400cc Suzuki, a 500cc Yamaha, and a 660cc BMW. Then I got married… All saw good use in not just Scotland but also France, Germany and Austria.

I’m a sensible rider, so Japan doesn’t actually appeal to me much for riding; it’s too hot for about half the year as I don’t ride without protective gear, then it gets too dark too early, and commuting to work looks like not much fun, especially compared to Edinburgh where I could faff about round the back of Arthur’s Seat on the way home to let off a little steam after work.

On the questionnaire itself, a Harley being a good bike for beginners? Really? Or the third-best thing being a small turning circle? Pillion should grab your shoulders or arms? Sounds downright dangerous!
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Japanese opinions on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Are you enjoying the prospect of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? graph of japanese statisticsWith less than four years to go now, here is an early survey looking at how Japanese people think about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, conducted by BIGLOBE, who describe themselves as a seller of cheap smartphones and SIM card.

I’m looking forward to the Olympics, although I may not be in Tokyo for them, which I think I would consider as a plus! If I am here, I think I will volunteer for some form of guiding or marshalling task, as it might be quite fun to do.

Regarding the opening ceremony, my first choice would be Beat Takeshi too, although he would either do a wonderful job or an utterly cringe-worthy job, so I suspect that the Olympic committee might go for a safer choice. If it’s Yasushi Akimoto, the person responsible for inflicting The AKBs on everyone, I may very well de-emigrate…
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