“Honne and tatemae are Japanese words that describe the contrast between a person’s true feelings and desires (本音 honne?)and the behavior and opinions one displays in public (建前 tatemae?, lit. “façade”).”
“Honne may be contrary to what is expected by society or what is required according to one’s position and circumstances, and they are often kept hidden, except with one’s closest friends. Tatemae is what is expected by society and required according to one’s position and circumstances, and these may or may not match one’s honne. These terms are equivalent to the common concept of public and private face which is very much a part of Japanese culture.”
“The honne–tatemae divide is considered by some to be of paramount importance in Japanese culture.”
“Faced with a dwindling population and severe labor shortage, Japan aims to attract more foreign workers, but a rapidly depreciating yen and lack of rights stand in the way.
Faced with a dwindling population and severe labor shortage, Japan aims to attract more foreign workers, but a rapidly depreciating yen and lack of rights stand in the way.”
“Japan’s ageing population and low birth rates further underscore the need for labor. The population shrank for the third straight year in 2013, according to the Internal Affairs Ministry, and is projected to shrink by a third by 2060, increasing the need to import caretakers for children and the elderly, especially if housewives – traditionally caretakers in Japan – are expected to join the workforce.”
” But voters find immigration unpalatable. Just 12 percent of respondents in the most recent government survey feel there should be more foreign workers. “
“As a result, Abe’s ruling party insists there is “no immigration policy,” just a plan to “expand the utilization of foreign talent,” in its manifesto for this Sunday’s national elections.”
” “The government and voters have a hard time accepting temporary foreign workers, let alone permanent immigrants,” said Eriko Suzuki, associate professor at Kokushikan University.
“But the population decline cannot not be reversed without immigrants,” he said. ”
“But the system is so widely abused by Japanese employers that the U.S. Department of State condemned it as “forced labor” in its annual “Trafficking in Persons” report.”
“”It’s a charade calling them interns – Japanese employers are just exploiting them as cheap labor,” said Shoichi Ibusuki, a leading labor rights lawyer who has represented interns in court.
“Still, the government is tightening oversight of the system and is taking tentative steps to introduce broader work permits”, he said. “
“Many interns quit when they learn they’re being paid half of what Japanese interns would earn.”
“In 2013, just over 50,000 “trainees”, mostly from China and Vietnam, were working in Japan, 2,822 of which were reported missing to the government agency that oversees the program.”
“Will supply meet the demand?”
“While experts say there is a supply of migrants across Asia, the question is whether the kind of skilled workers Japan wants will choose the country over other equally developed nations, such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.”
“Kiyoto Tanno, professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University, doesn’t think so: “Japanese wages are no longer attractive for those with at least a high school education.” “
This is also the same story if you are a “gaijin” from the USA or Europe with a graduate or post-graduate university education, global work experience, but, speaks only “conversational” Japanese………
Despite all the “official” efforts to “teach” English, supposedly in preparation for the next “Tourists Tsunami” coming for the Olympics, among other “official” reasons to make the English language learning more “palatable” to the local Japanese population, Japan is a “Japanese only” spoken and written language and cultural and civilizational country……..
Don’t be fooled by the Baseball and American Football matches results and the English language “fashionable interjections”, in the local Japanese conversation, it is still all “tatemae”s…….