The ethos of trust and duty of care

Japanese business start-up consultant

All of us globally face a difficult situation because of the Covid-19 virus, which has greatly affected our working style. I have already introduced the policy of working from home with good governance.

At the beginning, it was difficult to arrange working conditions, and maintain this system, evaluation and surveillance for the staff are essential, so a daily report and an online meeting are required on a daily basis, which will become a burden for some workers. However, I prioritise the trust and duty of care among staff, and now I manage it.

Our wellbeing is also important, because our social responsibility as a legal practitioner in current society is taken into account legally and morally more than in the past one.

The number of people dying with Covid-19 virus has been declining, and the UK vaccine programme seems working, but it is better to stay vigilant.

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
Email: horiakiko@lawhelp4u.com
Tel: +81-(0)3-3249-1536

The balance of our lives – Reality and talent TV shows

Japanese business start-up consultant

Nowadays, there are many different reality and talent TV shows. There are various views on these shows among TV viewers. Although it is fun to watch, it seems to me that these programmes produce the dumbing-down generation, in which especially children and adolescents are caught up in the idea that anyone can become famous.

Many early TV shows were surreal, which provided a fantasy or a view of escapism, but ones in recent years tend to fall in reality and talent TV shows whose aims are to attract many viewers. Because of this tendency, people, especially the young are fascinated by the idea that they can also achieve the similar fame one day.

Since TV was introduced, TV shows have offered a wide range of entertainment for the public. Like some quiz programmes and music shows, people on TV gave impressions they were someone special, but those trends were already developed enough, and the public wanted another aspect of entertainment. Nowadays, reality TV shows and programmes that ordinary people participate in are very popular, because viewers easily feel the sympathy, empathy and familiarity towards them.

The point mentioned above might be advantages for the TV industry because their nature is to amplify the viewers’ rate, but there are drawbacks. The more popular those shows are, the more self-centered people become. Especially, the young generations are still immature mentally, so they are easily affected by those programmes. Young adults spend too much time following the programmes on social media, applying for those ones and creating their own self-image online.

TV shows are cheap entertainment in our daily life, so there is nothing wrong with those programmes, but if people intensify their appearances and the ways they speak or sing too much, they lose the balance of their lives. TV industry should recognise not only their popularity but also their 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
Email: horiakiko@lawhelp4u.com
Tel: +81-(0)3-3249-1536 https://lawhelp4u.com/blog/

To prevent a young person from turning to a life of crime.

Japanese business start-up consultant

The recent crime rate is basically lower than the one in the past decades, but offenders’ age is getting younger, and some of those crimes have become sophisticated, because of information technology. The most important premise is that humans are social creatures. Because of their intelligence, people are exposed to a comparison from others, discrimination and bullies.

The primary carers for young people are their family members, but being older doesn’t mean they are wise enough. Adults also feel uncertainty and unfairness in society, therefore, they sometimes put too much pressure on vulnerable children. Additionally, because of the recent changes in nuclear family structure, children at home tend to have their own room, so they run away from the pressure, and access the internet, where they collect the information about tools for crimes, drug dealers, and adult sites, which make them violent.

Furthermore, polarisation also produces lack of opportunities in life for young adults. The number of people who own their mobile is quite high, but the rate of computer holders is relatively small, which means many people can tap and scroll their smartphone screen, but they are not skilful enough to type, make documents, do programming. In the current business environment, those who cannot use computers properly cannot find a skilled and well-paid job. The absence of education creates low-skilled workers, which are easily replaced by machines.

Importantly, younger generations are still immature mentally and physically, so it is very difficult for them to control their behaviour in the current competitive world. The initial orientation should be conducted in the household, and children would feel comfort and secure at home, so the content people tend not to commit crimes.

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 importance of empathy

Japanese business start-up consultant

The ways to communicate with others have greatly changed within a couple of decades because of the Internet, social media and SMS. It has become convenient as a tool and a wider opportunity for communication, but common decency is much more required in order to care for others.

Several decades ago, the main ways of communication were to see each other in person, to use a telephone or to write a letter, but now many people use online equipment, such as a computer, a mobile phone and a tablet. Those can be used anywhere and anytime that they choose. This tendency is likely to accelerate this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate the technological development, because we don’t miss a chance of communication and shorten the time consumed.

However, people often send a message without thinking of the other’s business, which cause trouble. Because of the conveniences mentioned above, we access to the Internet too much. Some people are annoyed by emails in the night and during holiday. In addition, in some statistics, a larger number of people feel isolated, lonely and anxious than those in the past decade. Computers cannot substitute for human intimacy.

In conclusion, we should recognise there are advantages and disadvantages when we use technology, so the duty of care is essential, because all of us have different culture, lifestyle and customs. To make our communication skills smooth and efficient, empathy to others is critical.

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

Email: horiakiko@lawhelp4u.com
Tel: +81-(0)3-3249-1536 https://lawhelp4u.com/blog/

The relationship between personality and clothes

Japanese business start-up consultant

Introduction
Clothes play an important role to show their owner’s personality, because human beings definitely put on clothes most of the time. When people choose clothes, their preference greatly affects their decision, which was made by their personality.

Personality
Forming personality is complex, but even a small child shows their preference of what they wear. Additionally, please imagine when you go shopping, you firstly do window-shopping, and think which clothes are your best option, because you unconsciously know the clothes that represent yourself. We are social creatures, so we are concerned about how we are looked at by others. This subjective point of view becomes stronger when people grow older, and some older people regard people who wear clothes casually on business as inappropriate business people.

Cultural influence
From the objective point of view, culture also contributes to the way people choose their clothes. In Japan, traditional company employees wear suits on business, so it was often said there was no individual uniqueness, and this has created average middle class people. However, because of the recent westernised culture and the developed internet, people especially in the IT industry, often wear jeans, sweaters and polo shirts. When others see them, they call them cool and sophisticated, which label them as intelligent.

Conclusion
Importantly, we should not judge people’s personality by what they wear, but the clothes show the strong probability of their personality to others.

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

Email: horiakiko@lawhelp4u.com
Tel: +81-(0)3-3249-1536 https://lawhelp4u.com/blog/

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

Email: horiakiko@lawhelp4u.com
Tel: +81-(0)3-3249-1536 https://lawhelp4u.com/english/how-can-we-help/

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/