Shima the artist

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A few months after I received the job offer, my to-be employer held a day-long orientation in a hotel conference room in Tokyo. Over 100 new graduates came together, including […]

Relationship equilibrium

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Noah showed me a different dimension of Tokyo. As a successful white American ex-pat of a major bank, he enjoyed access to the high-quality life Tokyo offered to only the […]

Noah the banker

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I accepted the offer from the company with an ignorantly sexist department head and turned down the other. Sexism was so prevalent in Japanese corporate culture (or everywhere else). Any […]

Job interviews – part 2

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The next company that I got myself an interview with was one of the largest videogame publishers in Japan. Their videogames had an expansive variety of genres – from RPG, […]

Job interviews – part 1

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The first one of the few companies that invited me to an interview was a publicly-traded videogame publisher whose mega-hit arcade game in the ’80s was still one of the […]

Choosing the industry

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I do not comprehend what it means to love a country when Americans express their love and pledge to their country. The word patriotism haunts Japanese people with the memory […]

Job market Y2K

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Students in Japan started shukatsu – job-hunting at the end of their third year, around March. Companies’ recruiters had presentations, where they introduced the company, corporate culture, and available positions. We were […]

End of bubble

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I left for home at the end of May. Mark saw me off at the airport. Mark wasn’t afraid of showing tears. As we embraced, I heard a tour guide […]

Final exam

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The semester was coming to an end. History of Japanese Arts was another fantastic class. High school history lessons touched statues, scrolls, and the architecture of different eras, but they […]

Stories of war – part 2

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Mark and I were discussing the Columbine shooting, and the conversation somehow expanded to the wars. I do not remember the context, but I said the US shouldn’t have dropped […]