Sannenzaka Correspondence

Editors’ Diary 27/08/2023

In ongoing persistence, I continue to face relentless sabotage from Masahiko and Misako. Not only has this affected my coursework in graduate school, but it has also made even everyday life challenging. Even participating in job interviews with established media outlets has become a daunting endeavor. If my return to journalism is further delayed, I maintain the hope of accumulating more experience at an American graduate school, which Goethe’s “Meister” referred to as a destination and Hegel called the “land of the future.” I’ve received genuine assistance from CUNY’s office. Harvard University is also progressing.

I’d like to leave a lesson for all successors: “Achieving significant success can lead to intense jealousy and exploitation afterward. Be cautious, especially among close relatives.” However, I remain committed to thorough action and always choosing the best course of action to counter such situations. In critical times where survival is threatened, thorough action becomes necessary. When parameters are appropriately identified, quality is consistently ensured through quantity. My brother is a mathematician and he’s always engaged in mathematical research when awake, finding enjoyment in it. “First, walk around the surroundings randomly.”

I vividly recall a graduate school interview I underwent concurrently with job hunting in the past. The interviewer expressed the desire for me to transfer to their undergraduate program and continue within the same university’s faculty of letters until the doctoral level. This memory resurfaces with a certain resonance. In Japan, this isn’t an unfathomable narrative; there exist valid reasons stemming from necessity.

Regarding the peculiar personnel practices that function in this country, I’ve harbored doubts about them for a long time, observing Masahiko, who was a personnel officer at a powerful government agency. During my undergraduate days, I even received a strange call from a leading personnel agency saying, “We want to talk at our headquarters,” despite not having any prior involvement. It’s a “Galapagos-like” company name. After becoming a news reporter, I wrote articles related to the initial disclosure of personnel information. Understanding such principles of thought and action so clearly makes me question whether it’s beneficial for Japan.

My perspective is straightforward: continuity and patience are virtues, but humans become sophisticated at a higher level through various experiences. The concept of maintaining a talent portfolio of this massiveness is crucial for organizational management. However, aspirations like “shaping employees in this manner” might seem ill-suited to the times, an excessively audacious gamble. In accordance with the common sense of Japanese corporate workers, I perceive Japan as a “pool of affordable labor striving to mimic a developed nation,” yet a pool should ideally be conducive to swimming. To delve deeper into these notions, during my journalism days, I engaged with technology firms such as SAP and lobbyists. Even now, I persist in contemplating these ideas.

Shifting gears, it is necessary to address a matter concerning Mr. Katsumata Riku, who has been discovered to have propagated baseless rumors about me, in addition to the harm inflicted by Mr. Yamaki. Since his days at Tokyo Gakugei University, he has been identified as a profoundly problematic individual in interpersonal relationships. He has been known to suffer from severe depression and various mental disorders, including communication impediments. Under the influence of medication, he often appeared in a hazy state on the Koganei campus during the day. While he openly proclaimed his identification as LGBT among acquaintances, it appears that he did not do so outside of our university. He applied for special admission to the graduate program at the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki, facing the reason of catastrophically poor language skills. However, after enrolling, I have heard that he clashed with a faculty member well-versed in German political philosophy, who had assisted in his admission, resulting in his temporary suspension. I am uncertain about his subsequent fate. Though I suggested that he read Adorno and “Kritik der Urteilskraft,” aiming to steer him away from his obsession with Heidegger, it remains unclear whether my counsel has been integrated into his research. Nevertheless, being hindered in life by an individual of this nature is a tragically unsettling situation, especially for someone like me—a modest company employee in pursuit of ordinary domestic happiness. He often sported GU shirts embellished with the Harvard logo, and if circumstances allow, I would like to reunite in Boston to address this matter.

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