About a new feature in my blog

2011.April.23.(Saturday)

"NetworkedBlog"

I came a cross a nice website which connects blogs round the globe, that is "NetworkedBlogs". I’ve been blogging for me and my real friends who ‘like’ my blog in Facebook. Thank you Assiya, Benny, Yuji, Hemanth, Jabed for reading my blog! At this moment, I’ve decided to let my blog swim in the broad blog-ocean so that I can share knowledges and experiences with other unknown people as well. By doing so, I will be more motivated to write a blog post.

As a first improvement – and probably the last – I will put more pictures and a corresponding link to them in each post. When you click the picture of a book cover, you will jump to that product in amazon. Also when you click my personal picture, you will jump to my photo album in flickr. By doing so, my readers will be able to enjoy favorite things more easily!

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Why the world keep developing?

I was always wondering why people are working but not sleeping all-day long. People do so because the food is not automatically generated but people are working on it. This is valid not only on food production but also on shoes companies, supermarkets, school, and any other types of institutes.

Ok, I agree with the non-automatic production system. However, why the company develop their products every 3 months (e.g. in Japanese mobile phone market)? This is because our society is competitive. The companies want their products to be bought more and more. If Sony develops 4D television, then Samsung will try to reach 5D television faster than Sony.

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What is the happiness for you?

According to a recent statistical research in at Princeton University, the increase in income should bring less happiness for the people having over 75,000 USD/year. If you have that amount of money in Japan, you are not very rich but you can buy a Japanese standard house, small cars, and can raise your kids in your life.

http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/642850.html

What the research saying is, the income increase inhibits you to gain happiness from money. Interesting contraction!

The research should still be a hypothesis level though, I totally agree with that. Then, what does bring you happiness? As I recall my happy experiences, many of them have got to do somehow with human beings and nature. I felt happy when…

– I see beautiful nature

– I met old friends

– I fell in love with a girl (my wife now)

– I spend a calm happy weekend with my wife

There are others which I cannot derive from the hypothesis such as,

– Happiness of getting a good score in exams

– Happiness of coming vacation

– Achieve anything

I keep on thinking about this problem though, I almost decided not to head to being rich person but happy person.

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Reasons for working in Japan

# Original blog at https://junjis.wordpress.com/

“Why did I decide to come back to work in Japan?”

One of the most closest people around me asked this question to me last year.

A bit difficult question though, I will show my answer. Comments and your thoughts are very appreciated.

Here are the answers:

1. Good job offer at a good point in time
There exists an interesting qualification for students in Japanese job market: "Shinsotsu, 新卒", "newly graduated student". Most of the company (< 90%) seek only the students with this qualification. You can get it when you graduate from university in March and can work from April. The qualification will be unvalid when you do not start working in April. I don’t explain you the detail cause it is so stupid. Well, but, I got this qualification and a job offer. I just accepted it.

2. Experience in the industry world
While I was studying theoretic physics at ETH Zurich, I was not totally sure where my ability and skill are contributed to. However, at my company I can acquire skills in computer programming, architecture and technology in real scene. Such computer knowledge should be important for our information technology society. I know, I am now far from physics.

3. My home country, Japan
Although Switzerland is a beautiful and very comfortable city for me, I still missed my home country Japan. There are many things which are hardly obtained in Switzerland, such as fresh fish, hot spring, ocean coast and easy access to friends and family in Japan. I loved good research environment and the world-most comfortable city, but the home was more.

As a conclusion; My decision was right. However I am not saying my current situation and company is good. I sometime regret myself whether I should have spent more effort to find a PhD position in Switzerland. Else more, I have many many complaints on Japanese society and company! Well, please wait for the next blog entries…

By the way, why did you choose your current situation as you are? I would like to hear from you.

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