Moved to TypePad

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I just moved my English blog to TypePad at http://nob.typepad.com/english/. TypePad looks good and couldn't wait exploring TypePad more!

Previous entries have been successfully transferred. Good job, Ben and Mena.

Entrepreneurship in young gets deflated

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I've got the source of the research, which I mentioned in the previous etnry. The research was reported in Japanese but I created its summary here.

Survey: Attitude to jobs and workplace of FY2003 Regular new-hired employees

The survey was done by those who attened the job training course Sanno Institute of Management offered in March and April in 2003. 462 out of 600 attendees answered the survey.

Summary: 2003 new hired seem to have decreased aspiration of challenging, due to the long recession of Japanese economy with little hope. These new hired prefer staying at large firms rather than starting ventures so that they want to acquire skills valid at large firms. Majority of these new-hired want to end up becoming directors at large firms, showing they long for stabilization of life. They look very conservative.

Young Japanese get more conservative, less entrepreneurial?

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A couple days ago, I read an article in newspaper saying that those who graduated from colleges and started working last year were the most conservative in terms of their career. I don't remember exactly when the newspaper reported but at least Nikkei Newspaper covered this in this week.

According to the article, these people expect the most to maintain the life-time employment system this year among the past several years. These young people are very worried to be losing their job.

There is another article, reported a couple of weeks ago, saying that more young workers would choose to work overtime rather than go out for dating if their boss tells them to do something even after five. Not so many Middle age people, like 30s, wouldn't work overtime as these young people do.

Japan (and its economy) really needs more entrepreneurs, but young people may not be the source for that requirement. So, who is gonna be? Foreigners?

My bio

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I ended up writing a bit about myself when I got my TypePad beta site available.

I think I will add some more at times.

GPS is accurate, but map info is not?

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In Shibuya, looking over Shibuya StationI just bought au's A5401CA cell phone with digicam. The good thing is that it can attach location info to photos via au's GPS functionality. Cool.

Here is a moblogged pic taken at Shibuya, Tokyo, with location info. The cell phone automatically attaches the map info, but there is a finding re: the location info. Given the geographic position such as longitude, the location is displayed at different points depending on maps. Here are samples.

"Bubble" generation and "Post-bubble" generation

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I just came up with an idea about the difference between the "Bubble" generation, who started working in the bubble economy around late 80's and early 90's, and the "Post-bubble" generation, who started in mid 90's or later. The bubble generation is attributed to "Easy to act but less thinking", although the post-bubble is "Too thinking to act".

I think this really applies especially to guys. I remember that a young ex-coworker tried to explain about what's the coaching is. He believes that he really needs an opportunity to believe his idea to be really good, which usually needs someone's admission. But his senior peers simply asked a question "how do we need it?" and added "I do if I feel I wanna do".

Bottom line: Important is the balance.

An idea about moblogging (posted in Japanese on Apr 23)

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The following is translation of my entry posted on Apr 23 in Japanese. I decided to translate since I am motivated by 1IMC, a blogger just made a trackback to that entry yesterday.

I think many of things are already available, but hope it may create something more.

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I had wrote an article about moblog, but not had a chance of making it public. Today, Hirata's moblogging web service is coming alive. In response to that, I simply decided to publish it.

In summary, the story is that today's moblogging is expected to be used in very limited situations such as:


  • Only authors can "moblog"
  • Only entries can be moblogged
  • Only posting is discussed due to a poor cellphone browser

The following is a memo I had wrote based upon thoughts above.

  • necessary to enable a cellphone browser to read blogs easily
  • In order for everyone to upload pics to the blog, posting can be done via email
  • allow anyone to post pics. not only for authors to create entries
  • For instance, when you press a button "posting via email" on a blog, then your cellphone will receive an email. You can reply to it with pics attached, then pics will be posted automatically (can be anonymous posting)
  • Anonymity may let some people post "inappropriate" pics (MovableType 2.6 incorporates "sanitize" functionality to prevent this)
  • But comments without pics are not so fun. So, pics will appear on a blog only when an author "censors" pics and permits to show pics (notification should be generated by the blog software). Note that pics should be posted in storage under supervision by the authors of the blog, since if pics are on remote storage, pics could be replaced with "uncensored" pics after the permission.

    It was just a thought, but since there are some "dangerous" ideas, so I temporarily post it here in my private blogspace.

  • JOI Activities

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    JOI: To Promote Overseas Investment and International Cooperation -- oh looks as it were Joi.

    JoiJoiJOI collects and analyzes a wide range of information from relative domestic and foreign institutions. Through the utilization and distribution of information beneficial for foreign direct investment, JOI aims to promote foreign direct investment from our country and international economic exchanges.