‘Easy Japanese’ as a common language with foreigners in Japan

I could not agree more with the idea of ‘easy Japanese’ as a common language between native and non-native speakers in Japan. In Tokyo, the Mainichi Newspapers Co. will host a symposium on this topic in March. The focus will be the acceptance of foreign workers and language in the context of Japan’s employment situation […]

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Week 112: Promotion

Luca has received a job promotion to a management role in the public sector he works for! I am more than happy to know that his hard work was finally acknowledged and that it paid off. Over the past year, he has had a very tough time at work, physically and mentally, in providing a […]

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Notes on Open-mindedness

Since posting on Trust and Communication Skills last time, I’ve had some responses to the post, with people around me saying ‘I love it!’ It was also nice that some old friends messaged me after seeing my post on Facebook and we rebuilt a connection. When blogging, I sometimes worry about how my readers feel […]

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Week 111: Habit-building

I’ve worked on outlining my methodological framework for analysis as well as preparing transcripts. Yesterday I sent my revised sketch of it to my supervisors. One achievement in week 111 was not just completing this, but also building a habit to write my thesis every day. Since I felt bad about having had an unproductive […]

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Week 110: Do everything with confidence

I attended staff meetings on 6 January, which was the second day of the Chinese New Year. It was really nice that we had some Chinese biscuits and fortune cookies during the meetings. The ‘fortune’ inside my cookie read ‘Do everything with confidence.’ I love fortune cookies! Their sweet little messages make me laugh and […]

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