First Christmas stateside since 2004

Picking up on yesterday’s topic, I realized that I haven’t been home during the Christmas season since 2004. My trips back were always at a lull in the corporate accounting year, which usually is September or October. (It depends on how challenging your quarter-end reporting is.) End of December is usually the time of that month when you have to be available. In this country, I worked Christmas Day, believe it or not. And back home, when I worked in Princeton, I would routinely go in on New Year’s Day to close out the prior year.

I remember one year, maybe 2008, there was a bad snowstorm New Year’s Eve. I was one of the few cars on Route 206 that morning, but on pins and needles, because the plows were just getting underway.

My saying then was that it was the football players and the accountants who were at work on New Year’s.

So this is the silver lining in what otherwise feels like a big mess.

A couple of people asked me about my blog, and which direction I might take it once the plane wheels leave the ground. I don’t know. After all, look at the pages under the title. It’s going to be harder talking about Japan topics if I’m not in Japan (who knows, fate might bring me back sooner than later!) But I have a number of “Japan projects” that I plan to follow up with when I am in Pennsylvania–not the least of which is why Temple will not give me a response on the questions I raised about Temple Japan is funded. It’s one thing to get an e-mail or a handwritten note from overseas, and another when the constituent is sitting in your lobby.

Of course, all the equal protection issues and ones of fundamental fairness for Americans who come to Japan are still there. I’m going to be writing about those for a number of years. I don’t want to sound too down on Japan–especially when you look at the calendar and what day it’s the anniversary of–but one of the big reasons why problems don’t get fixed in Japan is because the causers and the fixers think if they just sit on their hands long enough, the people saying “hey, what’s this?!” will just go away.

So it’s always important to at least have some follow through. On some of these things, it’s much easier to do in America than here.

I, of course, also have to land work in America, and will let you folks know how crappy (or not) the job search situation is there.

Bottom line is: I have to take lemons and make lemonade. It’s seems so frustrating and despairing. But again, look at the calendar – *. People have faced worse.

* – I live in this century, but I’m just saying. Sixty-nine years ago, the problems America was having with Japan were much, much worse!

6 thoughts on “First Christmas stateside since 2004

    1. Hello PX. My work visa ran out in Japan, and I was unable to pick up even a basic English teaching job because of my professional skills and my age. (This is to say, I have already done a lot in my career.)

      In a prior post, I explained that the people in Shinagawa extended my stay for 90 days, but it is under the “temporary visitor” provision.

      Basically, when I go home to see my family for Christmas, my Status of Residence in Japan will end.

      Because Japan has a 10-year rule for permanent residence, if I tried to come back to Japan, I would be starting from Year One all over again. It is one way they keep Americans from becoming long-term residents of Japan.

  1. Ah, i see. That’s too bad. There is definitely an element of “age-ism” here in Japan. I hate reading these job ads that show you “must be no older than 35 years old” for example.
    GOod luck. I hope you do keep posting. I find this blog very interesting.

    1. I am on a headhunter list where damn near every e-mail about a job has an age range. I am waiting to see a U.S. company name somewhere in that. (They usually don’t say the name of the company.)

      I have yet to see any postings for 45-sai and above . . .

      1. They usually don’t mention the company because they don’t want you to do an end run around them and apply to the company directly. Granted, some companies won’t accept resumes/CVs cold but many companies nowadays have websites that will allow for job applications online.

        Often times, the headhunter may not even have an actual job available, just a listing to try to get some (for lack of a better word) victims to send the resume to them to file so they can pepper companies with people that may or may not be qualified for the job that is being advertised.

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