2011年02月02日

世代の壁に阻まれる日本の若者たち


In Japan, Young Face Generational Roadblocks
( New York Times )

Kenichi Horie was a promising auto engineer, exactly the sort of youthful talent Japan needs to maintain its edge over hungry Korean and Chinese rivals. As a worker in his early 30s at a major carmaker, Mr. Horie won
praise for his design work on advanced biofuel systems.

But like many young Japanese, he was a so-called irregular worker, kept on a temporary staff contract with little of the job security and half the salary of the “regular” employees, most of them workers in their late 40s or older. After more than a decade of trying to gain regular status, Mr. Horie finally quit - not just the temporary jobs, but Japan altogether.

He moved to Taiwan two years ago to study Chinese.

“Japanese companies are wasting the young generations to protect older workers,” said Mr. Horie, now 36. “In Japan, they closed the doors on me. In Taiwan, they tell me I have a perfect resume.”

As this fading economic superpower rapidly grays, it desperately needs to increase productivity and unleash the entrepreneurial energies of its shrinking number of younger people. But Japan seems to be doing just the opposite. This has contributed to weak growth and mounting pension
obligations, major reasons Standard & Poor’s downgraded Japan’s
sovereign debt rating on Thursday.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・praise 称賛(する)
・desperately 必死に、絶望的に
・shrink 縮む、減る
・contribute 貢献する、原因となる、寄付する
・obligation 義務、債務
・sovereign 主権を有する、独立の


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