Environmental threats affect our lives.

Japanese business start-up consultant

I would like to talk about the environmental threats that affect our lives. The terms “climate change”, “global warming” and “green house gas emission” are popular words in the news these days, and every government in the world should tackle these problems hand in hand.

Because of global warming, the temperature is going up, and ice caps are melting, so natural disasters more frequently occur than before, whose damages are worse and worse. In some areas, drought conditions provide a substantial increase in the forest fire risk, and the existence of living creatures is under threat. Flooding and Forest fires cause the loss of animal lives and damages to their property. Soil damage is also serious, because when organic material in the soil deteriorates, erosion happens. Social infrastructure doesn’t function properly as a result.

Fossil fuels, including coal, crude oil and natural gas pollute the environment, where extreme accidents, such as pipeline leaks and discharging millions of gallons of oil into the ocean have occurred over the years. When coal and oil burn, they release carbon dioxide that causes the greenhouse effect and increases global warming. In relation to these, air pollution is also a bad factor for people’s health, especially, causing breathing problems. It also contributes to acid rain. Acid rain affects the fresh water supply. Human beings, animals and plants depend on water, so acid rain damages our habitat, and ultimately, living creatures may become extinct.

In my opinion, all those threats are caused by human activity, so we have to take the responsibility, and we have to act right now, because the measures to prevent future disasters take time until things are improved. All those acts are for the people in the future. We have been living generation by generation, and the Earth has existed for about 4 billion years, and since civilisation, dated back more than 4,000 years ago, human beings have been developed in a miraculous way in the universe, we should appreciate this luck, and the preservation of this planet is our entire responsibility.

司法書士堀明子 – HORIakiko –
司法書士 / ビジネスコンサルタント / ライフ・コーチ
Shiho-shoshi Lawyer / Business consultant / Life coach

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My idea about tolerance

Japanese business start-up consultant

I really like the quotation from Helen Keller that “the highest result of education is tolerance”. Based on my family structure, my father was a company employee, and my mother is a housewife, so I thought I would be the same when I became old enough. After my graduation from college, I was working for the bank, but my job description was a receptionist, secretary and office worker. While I was working there, I had never thought about how society worked and what my role was under the business environment. I little guessed that I would become an independent sole practitioner as a lawyer.

Now I do much administrative paperwork, give legal advice and plan a business strategy for a client. One of my friends told me the other day that she was about to leave her job. The way she would do is to hand a resignation letter to her employer, but in reality, she couldn’t stand the pressure of the pressure of her workplace relationship. She started her current position two years ago, since then; I thought she was happy to be there as the job was set up by her and her employer. Their business relationship was an employee and employer, but their original relationship had arisen from their friendship, so I was very surprised when she said to me she was about to leave. In the light of human relationship, it might be a likely scenario in our everyday life, and all of us have a different point of view, ideas and history.

As a lawyer, I always try to compose my legal advice by taking account of those differences, and I feel sympathy and empathy to others as much as possible, but it is impossible to understand 100% someone’s idea, as I cannot physically see their inner thoughts. All I can do is to try to understand their feelings from their words. Some people have high verbal communication skills, but not all of us do, so misunderstandings are likely to occur, as there are different thoughts and interpretations behind their words. It is also very difficult to tolerate different ideas.

I always believe that sympathy and empathy should also include responsibility and duty of care, especially to resolve a problem. Nobody is perfect. Open-mindedness is essential, and we should accept different views.

司法書士堀明子 – HORIakiko –
司法書士 / ビジネスコンサルタント / ライフ・コーチ
Shiho-shoshi Lawyer / Business consultant / Life coach https://lawhelp4u.com/blog/

Strategy for the healthy society

Japanese business start-up consultant

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is still surrounded by the controversy. Even though Japan is not a country, which suffers the most of the coronavirus pandemic, with fewer deaths and lower infectious rate, the country is still under a state of emergency.

Under this circumstance, everybody might be bored, frustrated or lonely. The government has a responsibility to the nation to organise a strategy for the healthy society. To do so, people in the country should physically and mentally fit, and exercise has an important role to play. In view of this, the government can set a subsidy option for the company to educate adults.

In a broader sense, the subsidy gives companies an incentive for education for their employees. Individuals have a different point of view, but education is an opportunity to think about any activity for everyone, so it is the most important thing. Every company has different rules, but if those companies set their own programmes, they deserve a certain amount of subsidy, as creating a new rule costs time and money for the workforce.

Based on the above argument, companies should take the initiative to run their programme, because if there is no action taken, it would become meaningless. I shall consider an option of exercise time at work, including work from home because that is the most cost effective way and there are many forms of exercise, such as walking and running, which are basically free of charge. Ultimately, the healthy workforce leads to the benefit for employers, as positive people generally have enough motivation to work.

What the government can do is to plan a whole scheme as it cannot give a direct order to a company or an individual. Letting companies work for this purpose will achieve a great organisational development, which is the real meaning of the evolution for a country.

司法書士堀明子 – HORIakiko –
司法書士 / ビジネスコンサルタント / ライフ・コーチ
Shiho-shoshi Lawyer / Business consultant / Life coach https://lawhelp4u.com/blog/

Typical schools in Japan and suggestions to improve the system

Japanese business start-up consultant
  1. Average for all

In terms of typical schools in Japan, raising children up an average is the most remarkable point. Children in Japan are generally obedient, and they are not encouraged to express their opinion individually especially toward teachers. Children quietly sit in their classroom, and listen carefully to teachers, so it is also an advantage for teaches to run a school. Thanks to their system, almost all children can achieve the certain amount of knowledge and literacy, and the dropout rates from schools are quite low. Japanese education is one of the most successful in the world.

2. Suggestions of its improvement

In general, advantages hold disadvantages, too. Because of the obedience of pupils, they tend to be reluctant to give their individual opinion, and fail to think their own idea in their brain. Because of the lack of good arguments with others, many Japanese adults just follow rules in society, which creates a highly hierarchical system. I would like to suggest that children, especially young adults, should have classes of discussion, debate and negotiation. When they repeat this training, they can develop their individuality, and find out pros and cons of the system.

3. Conclusion

By observing the current strengths and drawbacks, we can evolve a better society, which succeeds in a fair and impartial culture. Ultimately, it generates new techniques, and that is the evolution for human beings. Children are future adults and all of them should take part in it.

司法書士堀明子 – HORIakiko –
司法書士 / ビジネスコンサルタント / ライフ・コーチ
Shiho-shoshi Lawyer / Business consultant / Life coach https://lawhelp4u.com/blog/

What is education? (My idea)

Japanese business start-up consultant

In life, we pass many age-related milestones, like starting and leaving school, becoming a legal adult (it’s now at 20 years old in Japan, but it will be 18 from 1st April, 2022).

Education for children is important but, in many countries, the question is, what education. Education is to learn what is needed to be an adult and function in society, so not only learning school subjects but also how to be a good person. Today, many teachers just concentrate on teaching their particular subject, and many children do not see how this is relevant. However, teaching teenagers about the Law, what it means and how it works should be valuable to teach them an important life skill.

Education should show children different ideas and give them different experiences, rather than forcing them to learn what are supposed to be facts. This approach works quite well with teenagers, but not with very young children. These children must first be taught the basics of reading, writing and mathematics and facts in other subjects.

Education must have a purpose, and it should be to equip children with the knowledge and skills they will need in their life, and which they will use.

司法書士堀明子 – HORIakiko –
司法書士 / ビジネスコンサルタント / ライフ・コーチ
Shiho-shoshi Lawyer / Business consultant / Life coach https://lawhelp4u.com/blog/

The effects of online equipment.

Japanese business start-up consultant

The recent lockdowns will increase the tendency that everything is online, and even pre-school children have tablets, and children will have less time outdoors and become used to spending more time at home these days.

Young children should not be allowed to own mobile phones unless under adults’ supervision, but we should not forget about the development of children’s independence and the acceptance of the recent technology. The word “young children” has a wide meaning, so I would like to make it clear I mean the children between aged 5-10 group and 11-17 group.

Children aged 5-10 are still small, and it would be hard for them to decide what is right and wrong properly, so using their own mobile phone is not ideal unless under adequate supervision. In addition, the blue light which is beamed by mobile phones might badly affect the children’s eyesight. The physical health of children in this age group should come first.

The health issue mentioned above should also be prioritised for the children whose age is 11 to 17, but they are growing physically and mentally, so using their own device to some extent is needed for their social development nowadays, because many children have their own mobile as their communication tool. Getting used to the technological equipment might be useful when they become old enough, because most of the current systems are set up by computers.

All in all, all of us should take account of the balance between the modern lifestyle and the recent innovations. Adults have a responsibility both for children’s wellbeing and their technological interaction, and a flexible approach for young children is worth considering. Moreover, it would be possible to be safe outdoors again, hopefully soon.

司法書士堀明子 – HORIakiko –
司法書士 / ビジネスコンサルタント / ライフ・コーチ
Shiho-shoshi Lawyer / Business consultant / Life coach https://lawhelp4u.com/blog/

The Coming of Age Day in Japan

Japanese business start-up consultant

Today is the coming of age day in Japan, which is a bank holiday. I am sorry for young adults who turn 20 years old in this year as there is not much to celebrate with so many new Covid-19 infections. The numbers of new cases these days are very worrying. I hope they keep determined and are diligent about their study.

Since I left college, I’ve wished that I had spent more time on certain areas of study, making friends with more people or joining more societies. However, at different times, I’ve wished I’d spent that time on different things, and there was only so much time in those two years that doing everything wasn’t possible.

If we don’t have any regrets about things we did or didn’t do in the past, we are either perfect or (much more likely) we don’t realise the mistakes we’ve made.

The situation at the moment is no one’s fault. Their current time isn’t completely wasted, as it must plant some seed for the future, such as wanting to study and go abroad.

I hope they and their family are keeping well in these unusual times.

司法書士堀明子 – HORIakiko –
司法書士 / ビジネスコンサルタント / ライフ・コーチ
Shiho-shoshi Lawyer / Business consultant / Life coach https://lawhelp4u.com/blog/

Keep contact between family members

Japanese business start-up consultant

Most years, there are so many fireworks, and people in the streets going from house to house, but it was right that this should have been quiet New Year’s days, as there is not much to celebrate with so many new infections. The numbers of new cases in these last few days are very worrying.

It might not be appropriate to say at this moment, but I think it is a right time to talk about wishes after death and treatment at the difficult moment because we are generally very busy working, planning and having pastimes, but all of us are mortal, so it is important to let families and friends know what to do.

My father had suffered Parkinson’s disease for more than 15 years, but he always said that he wanted to live long, and I suppose that is humans’ instinct. I believe my family did out best. We organised to access important documents and tidy up them.

Life is full of precious moments. It’s incredibly important to do those conversations as well as everyday chatting.

司法書士堀明子 – HORIakiko –
司法書士 / ビジネスコンサルタント / ライフ・コーチ
Shiho-shoshi Lawyer / Business consultant / Life coach https://lawhelp4u.com/blog/

My view of human bonding and education

Japanese business start-up consultant

Children are the future adults who will sustain the economy and society, and they need to learn love, empathy, patience but because of their age, there are many things to learn in reality, and spending their time in various places would be good experiences for them. Importantly, the loving family relationship is fundamental, and building up the networking with other people comes second.

Firstly, human bonding is most important for human beings because we are social creatures. Statistically, when children feel secure in their young ages at home, they can be persistent and strive for anything after they become adults. This is because the security in their mind keeps them motivated and confronts any challenging situation they might encounter.

However, children are easily spoiled among family members, because the place is too comfortable and relaxing. They have to be independent mentally and physically, and that is the social responsibility for adults. An event in our daily life is not always welcoming and an unexpected matter happens often. Their time in nurseries or pre-schools is ideal for preparing them for this as there are many peers, who have different ideas, outlooks and customs.

As a conclusion, balancing between a warm family atmosphere and the community environment is critical because it supports children’s internal development and communication skills. A family should look after their children to build up their trust, and secondly disciplines are needed to learn events that happen in the actual world.

司法書士堀明子 – HORIakiko –
司法書士 / ビジネスコンサルタント / ライフ・コーチ
Shiho-shoshi Lawyer / Business consultant / Life coach

For more information
Legal Advice for Business in Japan https://lawhelp4u.com/english/legal-advice-for-business-in-japan/

Working environments

Japanese business start-up consultant

Due to the Covid-19, the world, including our working lifestyle has been changing.

Employees used to spend long hours at their workplace, but many are now working from home. The meaning of an office is also changing. However, a good working environment is critical, because a business and ultimately society consist of people. As employers who manage their workforce, establishing good communications in their workplaces is the first priority and making employees feel valued as people is topped up.

Firstly, communication is a basic and general connection for humans because we are social creatures. While people are secure at their working places, they nicely talk and voluntarily help each other. However, once a conflict occurs, they don’t communicate much, and since then, the profit has been likely to get worse.

Secondly, humans are all different, and when they conduct a project as a team, there are many ways to achieve a goal. When a person recognises different ideas, thoughts and ways, they can respect each other and accept various approaches. The brain-storming methods among colleagues result in better profits and consequences. That is the true meaning of the value for human relationship.

I must say, employers owe a social responsibility as managers of organisations, but it is not possible to achieve two things at the same time, and step-by-step procedures lead to the firm and certain society. Making employees feel valued as people is essential, but it is hard to achieve this without communication. Smooth communication comes first and the value as people are closely related to it.

司法書士堀明子 – HORIakiko –
司法書士 / ビジネスコンサルタント / ライフ・コーチ
Shiho-shoshi Lawyer / Business consultant / Life coach

For more information
Legal Advice for Business in Japan https://lawhelp4u.com/english/legal-advice-for-business-in-japan/