9. Growing Up Inside The Japanese System - with Takahiro Mikami
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"The reason Japanese people are so good when it comes to collective work, they're really good at teamwork. So even . . . at the Olympics, Japanese players are not good individually, but when they form a team, they can beat other countries . . . the reason we are really good at those [things] is precisely because we are taught to [be] thinking or acting that way. Even [if] you think that it's kind of wasteful, you will do it for the sake of - how to say - [the] common good." Takahiro is a young salaryman (office worker) in Tokyo and is what every Japanese parent wishes their son would grow up to be like. A graduate of Tokyo University (the Harvard of Japan), Takahiro is now working at a big and prestigious company in Tokyo and has the unique perspective of growing up inside the Japanese system and abroad. In this episode Takahiro and Kentaro discuss what it was like growing up in both the Japanese and Western systems, the kind of rigorous studying that is required for students in Japan, the mandatory binge drinking you must attend with your coworkers, and much more. Please enjoy.
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