New life

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I took some of the furniture, including the TV, a shelf, washing machine, and microwave, but treated myself new ones, too, such as a semi-double size bed, a coffee table, […]

New apartment

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My sister and Takashi’s relationship was a committed one, so there was no scream of joy when they told me they were getting married and moving in with my sister’s […]

Sober and cold

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After several months of email exchange, Klaus came to Japan on business and wished to meet with me. I was excited and booked a table at a restaurant, which ornate, […]

Klaus the zealous

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As Mr. N and I chatted in the noise of dance music, Klaus came to sit with us, flapping his t-shirt in the chest to cool the heat of the […]

European work-life balance

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Mr. N invited me to the December sales conference again. I felt more useful than in the previous years because of the project. There was also the office Christmas party, […]

An avuncular mentorship

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Mr. N was known in the company as a difficult person. The men suspected Mr. N must be hiding critical information from the HQ for his gain. My impression was […]

New deal

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Mr. Hirao kept me busy as he always had me prepare different kinds of data for his analysis. “Get me the revenue data of past five years by region.” “What […]

New wave

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I noticed the tide was shifting in the office as more ex-automotive company-men disappeared and more men from the construction industry joined. While the ex-automotive company-men labored at fulfilling orders […]

Biz trip to Europe – part 5

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I went into the Frankfurt office the following morning. Though I felt weak, I couldn’t waste my trip that the men back in Japan sneered at as recreational. Mr. N […]

Biz trip to Europe – part 4

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I woke up with a start. I had no sense of how long I had been gone, but the bathwater was cold. The moment I got up, I threw up […]