Category Archives: occupation

Essay: The Enigma of Gender Gap in Japan

In March this year, I posted on my blog an essay titled “Japan: The worst developed country for women?”  I mentioned in it that Japan came in 101st in the “global gender gap index” in 2012 out of 135 countries … Continue reading

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Essay: Women and Japan’s growth strategies

As soon as Shinzo Abe came into power in December 2012 to lead Japan for the second time, he lost no time in announcing his three-pronged strategies he believed would revitalize Japan.  The first strategy was a monetary policy of … Continue reading

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Bangladesh factory collapse: What can be done to prevent such tragedy in future?

The garment factory disaster on 24 April 2013 in Savar, Bangladesh has left more than 700 workers dead and many seriously injured with their limbs amputated.  No one knows how many are still missing (“Bangladesh building collapse death toll passes … Continue reading

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Essay: Donkeys and Asses

I had dozed off in the middle of an evening news program and woke up to find it was still on and watched part of a report on a growing number of neglected and suffering donkeys that had been rescued … Continue reading

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Essay: Instant Quack

The medical profession is considered as one of the most respected occupations in many countries in the world (e.g. http: / / http://www.ehow.com/list_5925228_top-ten-respected-jobs.html), probably because doctors save life which people consider the most precious thing they have.  Their average income … Continue reading

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Essay: Food poisoning: Hygiene control and staff training

Food processing plants and catering establishments must always be thorough in handling and conserving food ingredients because goods produced in factories with poor hygiene standards or meals served in such restaurants can cause food poisoning.  Both must always be extremely … Continue reading

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Mystery: The phantom Surabaya chambermaid

About 20 years ago, when I was working at the ILO office in Jakarta, our office was implementing a large project to establish Indonesia’s national skills development system in Surabaya, the second largest city, in East Java.  At that time, … Continue reading

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