Monday Jul 28, 2008

Japanese or Chinese?

Ok, what language is more difficult to learn for western adults -- Japanese or Chinese? The consensus seems to be that Japanese grammar is more difficult than Chinese grammar, but Chinese pronunciation is more difficult than Japanese pronunciation. I would agree. Now, can you imagine a language that combines the most difficult aspects of Japanese and Chinese and includes the complexity of their character-based writing systems? I still think telepathy is the way to go.

Monday Jun 09, 2008

"Why not Japan?"

Nissan chips away at Japan's concrete ceiling: "In 2003, [Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn] set up a special team to review Nissan's diversity, or lack of it. That led to the creation of a Diversity Development Office to help promote women and a Diversity Steering Committee to make sure top company leaders bought in. Mr. Ghosn himself was the committee's first chair. If Nissan-Renault values diversity, "Why not in Japan," he says. He insists that diversity is essential to the kind of "cross-functional teamwork" that breeds innovation at the auto maker. "When men and women of different mindsets, different backgrounds, different cultures meet to work on particular problems they usually find better solutions," he said last month in New York, where Nissan collected the annual Catalyst Award for helping women advance. -- Toronto Globe and Mail

Totally agree. And there's no acceptable answer to the "why not Japan?" question, either. This is 2008, after all, my goodness. The obvious lack of diversity in traditional Japanese companies will only doom them to the wrecking ball in a rapidly globalizing world. Oh, and this Ghosn guy? He speaks six languages. Six. That's diversity.
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