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i have to stay behind at work today because i "have to rewrite a fax to be more polite"
WTF!
It was a fax to our home company to revise some documents to one of our customers specs.

It said:
Hello,

Please revise the following (docs to looklike blah blah...)
Just a fax is ok. This is not urgent.
Thank you!

Signed blah blah

short, proper business-ey. I always get lectured about how my sentences are really complex and confuse the people back in Japan. so, here I go being all careful, and now im being RUDE! I said please and thank you!

i get so frustrated here. i keep getting in trouble.
sigh.

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(Anonymous)
Jul. 30th, 2002 01:27 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, you keep getting in trouble with your Japanese bosses and you have a crush on Alan Rickman. Wasn't he the bad guy in Die Hard who killed the Japanese boss and robbed the company? Is there a connection here?!?

el
htj
Jul. 30th, 2002 01:45 pm (UTC)
That seems a bit unfair. From what I know about the Japanese culture, they've got these very strict unspoken rules, about how you should act. And all depending on how high up the food chain you are.

Also, I've heard you're not supposed to show emotions but that's just something I've heard, so that may be wrong.
slafleur
Jul. 30th, 2002 02:10 pm (UTC)
Supposedly, you are not supposed to make anyone feel bad or uncomfortable or even just point out things that need to be done. Bleh. I hate that.
lisagoddess
Jul. 30th, 2002 07:38 pm (UTC)
im posting a confession (its rendering now) to the results of this...

if the senario happened in ANY other company, they would get sued.

i CANNOT believe what happened to me.
the vid should be up in about 1.5 hours
(Anonymous)
Jul. 31st, 2002 03:44 am (UTC)
So are you going to roll over or bite? Is there a local free workers' rights or women's rights group you can consult who could advise you of any legal options? Please get some advice from those who have experience of dealing with this sort of thing. This guy raped your mind. I know you're in the middle of moving and stuff and may just want to forget about it but it wouldn't hurt to get information for if and when it happens again.

And listen to some Stereolab :)

Allan (((((((lisa)))))))
lisagoddess
Jul. 31st, 2002 04:43 am (UTC)
i dont know. i think the worst thing i could do is bite, actually. He is one of a system of people who will support him before me. i am, however, looking for jobs as we speak (type!)...thats why the request for ms word for NT. Id like to be able to do polish resumes from home instead of sneaking around at work. Not professional. so, yes, i need to think about how i should approach this and who in the company i should or should not talk to. i need a good recommendation, but i also know if there is ANY more of this ..this stuff going on, i very well might lose my temper and bite. Hard.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 31st, 2002 05:40 am (UTC)
Hell hath no fury... :)

Allan
lazlo
Jul. 31st, 2002 11:00 am (UTC)
It is very, very easy to offend the Japanese. It's an extremely sensitive and, in many ways, head-in-the-sand culture. Offer to commit hari kari and all will be well.
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