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Business book titles that tempt Japanese to read further


goo Ranking chose a bunch of business book titles and presented them to their monitor group to choose the titles that made people want to learn about the contents.

Note that all the title translations are my original work, but there might be official English titles for some of them.

Number three sounds most curious, but I’ve not travelled in the Green Car enough (ie, never) to make any judgement as to where it is true or not. I can quite understand number one, but some of the ones like “Being good at cosplay equals being good at work!” just sound a bit too forced to be worth picking up.

Number 6 says successful people don’t drink can coffee, but here’s proof that a world executive boss has can coffee:

Boss coffee in green
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Surprisingly popular with foreigners sights

Perhaps some of my readers have made the New Year resolution to head to Japan, so here are a few suggestions for where to go from a survey by goo Ranking into sights that Japanese are surprised to hear are popular with foreigners.

I’ve linked all the sights to either their official sites or to other reviews of the places. I’ve never really understood the attraction of the Shibuya crossing; perhaps I was too used to other busy crossings in Osaka before it appeared on my radar? The Robot Restaurant looks utterly cheesy and I’ve heard it’s quite overpriced for what it offers. The one I’d recommend the most (although probably the most out-of-the-way one) is number 16 Koyasan Okunoin, a graveyard with a lot of spooky atmosphere:

Okuno-in cemetery, Koyasan
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What aspects of the iPhone Japanese are dissatisfied with

What aspects of the iPhone Japanese are dissatisfied with

Getting into the Christmas Spirit by channeling Scrooge and assorted spirits, let’s look at what might be under a few trees, the iPhone, and in particular people’s dissatisfactions with it.

One thing I noticed last month when a business contact was taking photos – there was quite a lag of over a second between pressing the button and hearing the shutter sound, although the photo was taken as soon as the button was pressed. I also wonder about a recent Google Photos TV advert where someone smoothly scrolls through their photo history – I presume that there’s some issue with the iPhone in this deparment?

As an Android person, I’ve only got second-hand dissatisfactions, but as my Christmas present to my readers, I’ll spare you the details, and instead here’s an iPhone for everybady:

Everybady, soon getting an iPhone
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Smartphone technical terms Japanese are still ignorant of

I’m back from a semi-enforced break, due to being busy moving house then losing my power adaptor for my laptop, with this ranking survey from goo Ranking looking at smartphone technical terms people can’t ask about due to, it seems, not wanting to appear so ignorant as to be still unfamiliar with the terms.

Note that most of the terms are English loan words, so there is also a language barrier for words like “flick” and “swipe” that might seem obvious to most of my readers.

I searched for “japan flick”, and this came up…

Use the ashstray, please
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Hobbies that even big boys can enjoy

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.

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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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Stuff guys wish they’d not been told about women living alone

goo Ranking took a look at things men wish they hadn’t been told about women living alone, specifically what perhaps might be a guy’s ideal versus the reality of many a single woman’s solo life.

On television they occasionally show the home lives of both single female celebrities and ordinary people, and the situations that stand out in my memory are both dirty clothes and dirty dishes piled high.

Here’s a random (non-Japanese) sink full of random dishes:

thursday evening
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Why a venue packed with thousands of otaku is no fun

Comiket is Japan’s semiannual or so COMIc marKET, a huge gathering of comic book otaku and cosplayers, self-described as:

Comic Market is a “space” that functions to expand the possibilities of self expression, where the aim is to accept creators of doujinshi and all other types of creative endeavors and maintain continuity.

With that in mind, please enjoy this survey from goo Ranking into what typical happenings at Summer Comiket makes people want to avoid it.

I wasn’t really interested in going myself, so this survey confirms all my biases, and stuff like this won’t change my mind!

Comiket Cosplay - 016
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Surprising things about climbing Mount Fuji

With the summer climbing season in full swing, this survey from goo Ranking regarding surprising facts regarding climbing Fujisan.

I’ve never climbed it, and probably never will, but I know lots of people who are interested in doing so, including many foreigners who often don’t seem to be quite aware of how difficult it is. Here’s one reason why not – it’s utterly packed with people, not just the peak as pictured here, but all the way up.


Research results

Q: What unexpectedly common knowledge amongst Mount Fuji climbers did you not know about? (Sample size=500)

Rank   Votes
1 Crisps, other snack bags swell up due to the low pressue 68
2 Rain, wind, temperature changes are exceptionally harsh 57
3 Breathing becomes painful due to altitude sickness 55
4 People who’ve climbed Mount Fuji tend to say “It’s changed my outlook on life” 46
5 Climbing fee is high 45
6 There’s people underprepared climbing in jeans, sandals, etc 40
7 Don’t really understand the meaning of Fifth Station, Sixth Station, etc 38
8 Lots of foreigners climbing 35
9= Calling people idiots for having never climbed it 31
9= Descending is harder than ascending 31
11 It’s always curry rice on the evening menu at the mountain huts 30
12 Got stuck in the crowds and couldn’t reach the top for the sunrise 28
13 Calling off a climb due to bad weather 17
14 Mountain shop prices are high and often sold out, especially of water 15
15= Mountain huts quilts are damp so cannot get a good night’s sleep 13
15= Hot ramen at the summit is the most delicious in the world 13
17 Calling people idiots for having climbed it twice or more 12
18= Armed forces members casually running up and down are utterly amazing 11
18= The starry sky is really beautiful 11
20 As cars aren’t allowed up the mountain, access is poor and inconvenient 9
21 All hot springs on the route back are totally packed out 8
22 The summit marker post is crowded with people taking memorial photos 6
23 The view looks like the surface of Mars and is actually extremely dull 5
24 People tend to forget bringing a mask for the descent 4


goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 15th and 21st of July 2016 500 members aged between 20 and 39 of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was 50:50 male and female.

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