A Facebook friend posted this link on her page…..http://www.gaikokujin-rental.jp/
Its link to a rent-a foreigner by the hour service offered in Japan. This service brings to me, a visual of what the hostess/host world calls a ‘dohan’, or paid date.
Personally, it smacks of the latent racism a non-Japanese resident experiences in Japan and is another sad example of how Japanese society continues to marginalize the role of those non-Japanese who make Japan their home.
Here? Yes, there are pay by the hour ‘escort ‘ services available. Services which also tread a very fine, murky line between an escort service and prostitution.
Again scratch the modern Japanese veneer and you’ll still find ちょん髷＆褌.
Called a cousin on my father’s side today to see about having lunch or some get together before I head to Ohio in 3 weeks for the new job and possibly a new start.
Once gone outside of a phone call or e-mail, it will be very hard to keep in touch; roughly guessing its about 900+ miles between where I will be and where she is.
So she returns the call, I explain again what my voice mail was about and then she goes on with, ‘Let’s see, I have X on Monday’s W on Tuesdays, on Thursdays I have Q……..
Not to be self-centered, but considering it may be a very rare event when she might see me again, I’d like to think she’d rearrange her priorities a bit. I know I would.
This article from today’s Wall Street Journal did just that.
The news about the alarming resurgence of the Japanese neo- nationalists is not a new news story. That didn’t get my gaijin up. What did was the very loose claim by the article’s author that these neo-nationalists are to be compared to the Tea Party in the United States.
That is flat wrong. While I do not espouse Tea Party dogma and in fact see them as more harmful than helpful, coupling them with the Japanese neo-nationalists and what they represent in Japan’s past and current history is wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. Somebody at the WJS’s Japan office seriously misunderstands the U.S. political landscape and perhaps some editor at the WSJ was not as alert as could be in reviewing the article.
I have found full time employment with full benefits. The downside is it is a job far below in responsiblity to what I have done and believe I can still do. Second, the job is in another state, western Ohio, and in a twist of irony, in the small tinny ‘burg where son goes to school.
My career up to 7 years ago was all government affairs. It was a job and responsiblity I throughly enjoyed and got great satisfaction from for being personally responsible or as part of a greater effort to protect my employer’s interests. This job has nothing to do with it and when put on a resume, its is a downward step.
I have let people I know here I will at least for the time being, not be here and thought out loud as to why I haven’t been able to find a job that matches my work history and accomplishments. The is the possibility as I have suspected of age discrimination and perhaps if I could prove it, “input” from one of my former employers. Another observation was and others have agreed is a cause is I have no recent track record, or “creds” that would be of interest to a prospective employer.
So while a painful thing to acknowledge, why couldn’t these people have let me know what they thought a few years earlier and save me the effort of sending in resume after resume and false hope after false hope? I’ll admit I may have not been ready to accept such, but more than how true this may be, being told this now makes the hurt more acute.
So now I move forward for a job I really am not that thrilled about taking, or as the old Peggy Lee song goes, “Is that all there is?”. Being not certain if this job will work for me and in fairness, for this new employer, I will go by myself rent someplace and if the job does work out, wife unit will follow; she has her job which she now is in a comfortable groove and as she has no prospects of finding a good job where we are going, I would think of demanding she drop her life and follow me to an uncertain future in western Ohio. I do not want the “We left our life in metro DC for this?!!!!!!!” conversation.
Among the employees at wife unit’s place of employment is a young girl, middle eastern, a part-timer working at the coffee shop, who is very cute. Now I say cute as an objective observation and a wish I could find a way to at least introduce her to son unit, not out of any other reasons.
So what does wife unit do recently? She found herself in the ladies room with this kid and complimented her on how pretty she is and told her further I think she’s is very cute too.
Great! Now it’ll be very difficult for me to go and buy coffee should this girl be working there at the time. Perhaps for her as well as I am sure she knows who I am.
Hard to believe the car was once all shiny and clean outside.
Wish son unit has been here; muscles ache all over.