Verbal harassment at the Japanese office


Today many of my non-Japan resident readers will be off work for Boxing Day, so perhaps it might be appropriate to look at what makes you want to punch your boss, a goo Ranking survey into verbal harassment from one’s boss irritates people enough to make them want to quit their job.

I had a search for “power harassment”, what Japan calls workplace bullying by a boss, and found this poster illustrating three kinds of harassment that a university offers counselling services for, from top to bottom, sexual harassment, power harassment and academic harassment.

Hosei University, Ichigaya Campus: Poster of Campaign Against Harassment
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Public recharging points in Japan

With smartphones becoming more popular and certain models not having replaceable batteries yet a day of heavy usage is enough to run many of them flat, a public recharging service may become a feature of many city locations. To find out what people thought of this, iShare conducted a survey on the topic.


Between the 13th and 16th of July 2010 460 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 56.5% of the sample were male, 30.4% in their twenties, 30.7% in their thirties, and 38.9% on their forties.

Already in Japan in many locations you’ll find mobile phone recharging lockers where for around 100 yen for 20 minutes you can get your battery topped up. Furthermore, docomo mobile phone stores also often have free recharging points, if you don’t mind putting up with being pestered by salespeople. However, mains sockets for general purpose recharging are a rarity, so this survey is looking at the first steps towards public power.
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