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Employment and Restrooms

August 31, 2006

Well, I spent most of the last few days in Kyoto City for training and orientation before school starts next week. The functions themselves weren't much to write about, but one thing I thought I'd mention is the strange methods of employment here in Japan. I hear Japan has a pretty low unemployment rate, and I'm not surprised. At subway stations, they have those maps above the ticket dispensing machines showing the tracks and how much it costs for each station. Someone had decided it was time to give the top of the map a good dusting, and had put no less than fifteen people on the job! About 3 were actually up there doing the wiping, and the other 12 were gathered around the scaffolding just watching and nodding, all wearing their hard hats. I couldn't take my eyes off them. Wish I had my camera.


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