Lesson 63

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022

Today’s Japanese business slang is “Jyoushi-Gacha”.

It means that no body can choose his/her boss and it all depends on one’s luck.


“Gacha” is a sort of game we can find at game corner in the shopping mall in the past or in the airport for foreign travelers recently.

If we insert JPY100 coin into the machine and turn the dial, the machine gives you one toy.  But, we can not choose the toy.  The machine randomly give you one toy from the many toys in the box.  Therefore, we can not select favorite toy.  It all depends on one’s luck.   


In the same way we can not choose one’s boss.

Like this way, the young people say “Jyoushi-Gacha” because they can not choose their boss.


We also have “Haizoku (Assignment)-Gacha” and “Oya (parents)-Gacha”.


I think that we should think how we can meet boss’s expectations rather than evaluating our boss.

That is more productive.


What do you think?

Lesson 62

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022

Today’s Business slang is “One-Ope”


“One-Ope” is the abbreviation of “Operation by one person”, meaning operating a shop or store by one staff.

That is, one staff do all the related jobs such as customer service, payment, cooking, washing the dishes, and cleaning the shop.

No one will help even when some troubles happen, many customers come to the shop at the same time, and he/she get sick suddenly.


The other day at certain chain shop a “One-ope” staff suddenly died due to “Karoushi”(Overwork death) in Japan.


It is difficult to increase the retail price even though COG increased in Japan because of the severe competition in Japan.

Therefore, many shops and stores decrease the number of staff in order to cut their labor cost.

This is constructional problem and need to be solved.


Lesson 61

Tuesday, September 13th, 2022

Today’s business slang is “Amakudari”.


By “Amakudari” system people who are going to retire from parent companies or banks are transferred to their subsidiaries. 


By accepting the retiring people subsidiaries get business from their parent companies and also get loan by banks.  “Amakudari” system also deliver saucer function of the retiring people for parent companies.


However, in reality, if they are not useful the subsidiaries do not need them.  And “Amakudari” system is disappearing gradually nowadays.  Therefore, the retiring people from big companies and banks have to find their second career firms by themselves.  And subsidiaries need to get business not only by depending on human relationship.

Lesson 60

Wednesday, September 7th, 2022

Today’s Japanese Business Slang is “Kigyou-senshi”.


“Kigyou-senshi” means “Corporate Warriors”.  Japanese businessmen were called Corporate Warriors in 1990.

“Warriors”, not “Workers”, who fight deadly.

Famous copy of one TV advertisement was “Can you fight 24 hours?”

Here the word of “Fight” was used instead of “Work”.

In 1990 the monthly overwork hours was averagely over 100 which is beyond “Karoushi Line (Death by Overwork)”.  Everyone worked too hard.

Definitely unbelievable.

Lesson 59

Wednesday, August 17th, 2022

Today’s  business slang is “Service Zangyou”.

It means “Voluntary overtime work without payment”


In Japan many employees do “Service Zangyou” today.

Each department is allocated Overtime work budget and department heads also show the maximum number of overtime each month to each employee.

And employees do  not apply for the overtime because they can not finish their job within the allocated overtime hours.


Realistically bosses are required to assign jobs considering each employees’ capabilities and allocated overtime budget, but they are too lazy to do so.


In Japan it is not considered good to claim too much.  Therefore, employees are too patient and bring back their jobs to their home to finish without payment.


What do you think we can do to improve this situation? 

Lesson 58

Friday, August 5th, 2022

Today’s business slang is “Tsukiai-Zangyou”.


Even though one finishes the day’s work, he/she is forced to overwork with his/her boss, colleagues because they overwork.  Some boss require employee to “Tsukiai-Zangyou”.


And in many cases he/she are requested to go for drink after “Tsukiai-Zangyou”.


We should network with friends who belongs to different industries, study for self-growth, or spend enjoyable time with your loved one.  If you always be with the same company people, your eye-sight will be narrowed, which is not good.

Lesson 57

Friday, July 29th, 2022

Today’s Business Slang is “Karoushi”, meaning “Overwork Death”.

“Karoushi” is used in overseas, too and it means “Death by overwork”.

This type of death is only in Japan.

For your information, “Karoushi line” is defined by Japanese government is 80 hours overtime work per month.  If you overwork 80 hours /month for 2-6 months, it will cause your health trouble.  And this is legally admitted.


30 year ago, we used to overwork 100 hours/month in Japan, but nobody died due to the overwork.  Things have changed as time goes by.

Lesson 56

Thursday, July 21st, 2022

Today’s Japanese business slang is “Nomi-nication”

This is the coined word with “Nomi-masu” meaning drinking beer and “Communication”.

Japanese businessmen communicate their real intention over drinking beer at Izakaya (Beer restaurant) instead of at the formal meetings. 

Therefore, many important decisions are made at “Izakaya”, not at the meetings in Japanese companies.

Strange business culture!!

Lesson 55

Monday, June 6th, 2022

Today’s Business Japanese is “Black company”(Black Kigyou).


What do you think it means?

It means the companies who do bad thing, for example, firms requiring long time overwork and companies not paying for employees’ overwork. 


Same situations happen not only to employees but to part-time workers.  And we call it “Black Albeit”.


If you work for “Black company” please do not hesitate to call to the Labor Standards Inspection Office.

Lesson 54

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

Today’s business Japanese is “Douchou-atsuryoku”


Japanese people feel relief when he/she is same as the others.  When he/she goes to the drinking party he/she is supposed to drink beer if others drink beer.


That is because we only have the same race, same language, and the same religion people in Japan, which is similar idea as “Mura-shakai” mentioned before.


In the meeting we are supposed not to speak out the opposition.

This is also same idea as “Kuuki-o-yomu”, explained previously.


Thus, we call the atmosphere to press same thoughts and same opinion to others “Douchou-atsuryoku”.  “Douchou-atsuryoku” is specific to Japan and is considered bad because diversity is not admitted.  And we try to change the atmosphere these days in Japan.