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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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Japanese English that English speakers won’t understand

This survey from goo Ranking is entitled Japanese English expressions that won’t actually be understood abroad, but the survey description fails to mention as far as I can see what criteria people are supposed to use to choose the words; perhaps they are words they presumed would be understood, but were surprised to see them on the list of Japan-only English?

Of course, anyone from the UK will be surprised to see number 41, and it’s Scotch tape that wouldn’t be understood on these isles.

My least-favourite Japanese English is “yell”, which is used in the sense of cheering for a team, etc, such as in “Sending a yell to the Japanese Olympic team”. Furthermore, due to the lack of a “ye” sound (it was deprecated at some point in the past and only hangs on in a few words like the beer “Yebisu”) the Japanese pronunciation drops the “y”, which only serves to annoy me further about the word.

However, with translations like this being far too common, worrying about whether or not “order-made” will be understood or not seems to be putting the cart before the horse!

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Genius programmer tropes from J-Doramas

This rather entertaining survey from goo Ranking reported on the eccentricities of genius programmers as portrayed in Japanese dramas.

If you want to see more from a Western perspective, get lost in this page from TV Tropes.

Hacker - Hacking - Lupe von Nullen und Einsen - Password - blau
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Problems being a leftie in Japan

I’m not the sinister kind, so I cannot say if these are universal problems identified by goo Ranking’s survey into typical things lefties have to face.

I’m not sure if this cat is left-handed (left-pawed?), but it’s the only image I could find that suggested Japan and left-handedness. Interestingly, cats would appear to be twice as likely to be lefties!

Inviting Cat Fawns Cutely
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What bits do Japanese secretly like to fiddle with?

This is a family survey, so the most obvious answer is not present, but this look at what body bits Japanese habitually enjoy fiddling with in secret has plenty of other bits for your enjoyment.

The one I do the most doesn’t feature here, plucking my nose hair, although I don’t collect it up!

Just last week, my boss, who sits at the adjacent desk, had his socks off, but I didn’t want to look to see if he was doing number 2 or 18…

This is about the only Safe For Work I could think of to illustrate the second number 16:

Shaved Danya in Jen's lap
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Stuff you wish I’d not told you about Japanese boys’ school

As a follow-up on a recent survey on what Japanese guys didn’t want to learn about girls’ schools, I now present what Japanese women didn’t want to learn about boys’ school.

The very last, number 26, made little sense to me in Japanese, so it probably makes less sense to my readers, but there seems to be some sort of idiom about “three key books to understand a topic”, but how manga magazines get involved is unclear.

I can smell the sweat from this photo…

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