しりが青い/Shiri ga Aoi

Literally , your butt is blue (all Asian babies, including son unit have a blue spot on their butt on birth) , but in English it means wet behind the ears.

Have a new person sitting next to me, some 20ish young man fresh from a stint at a Japanese construction company, Toda FWIW, in Japan.

From what I learned yesterday in the brief conversation with him, I am sure he came in expecting a repeat of his Japan experience as a child and that he’d be running the company.

He complained he was assigned Japan domestic construction projects (he’s apparently trained as an architect) and did not like what he saw as HR abuses. All in all the job wasn’t he he aid he was promised.

Sounds to me like he brought his western baggage with him to Japanese corporate.  A bad idea.  Sure there are things in Japanese corporate that would not fly here and compared to the construction industry, where I worked, Toyota, probably seems genteel.

And by assigning him to a domestic project doesn’t surprise me at all….  I think there was a plan to groom him, but you start at  the bottom.  Even at Toyota, a freshly minted college grad/engineer isn’t assigned to drawing parts, at least for a year.  The time spent doing what one is not trained to do is to prove one’s worth and inculcate the culture.  But I guess he’s too young and blinkered to understand that.

Think he pissed away a good opportunity, but then don’t we all when we are that age?

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