One of the afraid after changing job is getting far from English environment, to smoothly change Working domain, I chose Japanese company rather than global company. Japan is not native country for English and quite strong wall for other languages although got economically success in 20 century.. (can’t say in 21 century right now….). So how I can keep ability to use English is challenging. Then one of the effort I’m doing is reading new professional area books in English and writing article on here and
Medium“. Originally English blog post was also on “Note“. but it seems no English reader in that site. So I will continually use Note for Japanese casual article and tried to use “Medium” for English writing.
Today I finally published one article on Medium as below! I hope I can continue to post some article on there….
Recent my post are dominated by road bike topic…. Again, this should be posted since one of the remarkable event for Roadbike life. Finally I got new Bianchi Oltre XR3 2021 Disc as below.
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Original one “2011 Bianchi ROAD BIKE Via Nirone 7Alu Carbon 105” was 2nd hand which was transferred from my colleague as starting Roadbike in Singapore. So this time, it’s first time to buy new one for me. But actually I’m changing job from next year, so my previous colleagues gave me a Roadbike as farewell present although it’s very expensive…..
Here is spec for new one.
||OLTRE XR3 COUNTERVAIL CARBON
DISC BRAKE FLAT MOUNT
THRU AXLE 12×142
||FULL CARBON COUNTERVAIL AERO 1.1/8”-1.5”
DISC BRAKE FLAT MOUNT
THRU AXLE 12×100
||2R – BLACK/ GRAPHITE FULL GLOSSY
||FSA ORBIT C-40-ACB
||47cm SHIMANO ST-R7025 / 50 – 57cm SHIMANO ST-R7020
||SHIMANO FC-R7000 50 – 34T 165/170/170/170/172.5mm
||SHIMANO CS-R7000 11 – 30T
||KMC X11 EPT
||FULCRUM RACING 818DB
||VITTORIA RUBINO PRO G2.0 700×28
||REPARTO CORSE RA83A AERO COMPACT ALLOY / SIZE:380/400/400/420/440mm
||REPARTO CORSE ST199A 3D FORGED ALLOY 6061 RAISE +- 8° / SIZE:90/90/100/110/110mm
||FI’ZI:K ANTARES R7
SHIMANO PD-R8000 (Shop optional)
I’m truly looking forward to make longer ride with this shortly.
Riding by Roadbike in island is exciting and enjoyable with atmosphere which is quite far from daily urban life. This time, I tried to make Round The Islands(RTI) in Miyako and Tarama, Okinawa Pref. Here is a place in Okinawa perf. It’s located in west side of Okinawa near Taiwan Island. I have visited to more west side island “Ishigaki” and “Yonaguni” in past. Then this Time I chose those islands because of no visits so far. There are direct flights from Tokyo(Haneda) to Miyako-islands and two round trip flights a day between Miyako and Tarama by Japan Airlines Group.
Miyako Island is very famous for triathlon in summer. Because of covid 19, not hold the event in 2020 and 2021. According to taxi driver, they are planning to hold it in 2022 finally. I don’t have any intention to participate it because my body basic power is not enough to accomplish the toughness sport event. But this this, referring the Roadbike course to make my ride.
Ride in Miayko island
Originally I supposed that I can ride all in a day. But after landed to Miyako Airport, I realised that winter winds in Miyako is very strong and mostly no time to stop the winds. So I changed my riding plan by divided it to two days. After reached to Hotel in Kurumi Island, 3 hours was remained before sunset, then tried to ride from Kurumi island to “Shimoji” and Irabu island. And 2nd day was started from Irabu Bridge to Ikema island and rest of Miyako island. Especially to go up to north side in entire route, ahead winds from north was so strong and can’t make good speed as usual… and even if under sunlight, wind on the big three bridges were very strong and it’s hard to ride straightly. So rather than enjoying sightsee from bridges, I was so afraid and scare to across the bridges….. if you want to across the bridge without scared, highly recommended to come to Miayko in Summer season.
Ride in Tarama island
Tarama island is very famous for clean, beautiful blue ocean and diving. It seems that total population in the island is around 1,200 people. Flight time from Miyao was only 20 mins. Another way to visit this island from Miyako is car ferry which has one round trip a day. It takes mostly 2 hours to Tarama Island. There is a few restaurant and shops for visiter. Island itself is not so big, so it’s just 1 hour to make round the island. I stayed only a few hours between 1st and 2nd flights in a day. if you have enough time, better to stay a few days to enjoy atmosphere. but there are not many place to visit, so enjoying slow time is main purpose to stay in here.
Fully enjoyed 2.5 days rides in those islands in Dec 2021. Hope I can visit more other islands in Okinawa near future.
Regardless of covid 19 impact to work style, my working environment was remote with other countries among Singapore, Japan and India. So remote communication is a kind of basement of work. Recently due to prevention for infection, work from home has been spreaded to many industries and to many countries. Some of major IT Company (called “GAFA”) although are planning to back to office, still not sure the concrete plan to do and remote work will be continued. Under this situation, this book seems be in best seller in amazon.co.jp. Global company or IT company had already had good experience and many learning before covid19. But company in Japan faced some challenging to make sure “Work from home”. There are many fundamental issues in Japan’s company like HR system, management method and collaboration works. This book focus on “collaboration work” to delivery projects, not mentioning about HR system and management method which is most critical in Japan’s case. So I’m not sure How much effectively read and converted this knowledges to real world in Japan, but there are many good element for Remote work team if you don’t have any issue of HR system/management method in your company. If you need to make remote working environment with oversea team, this book is recommended to read.
just looking back my experiences, honestly say, first case was failure. but not caused by communication method and work style well mentioned in this book. As a part of this book, Language and culture were main issues we faced. And especially language issue is critical to make enough conversion in remote teams, unnecessary wall “us and them”. And translation cost by some alternative person is not reasonable for most of cases, so before starting remote work, I wanted to say from my experience, we should not neglect the issues. in this book, you can get good advice to solve those issues as well. That’s why I wanted to get this book at least 6 years ago.
In my current company, last working day was 26th Nov (Fri) 2021 and resignation day will be end of Dec 2021. It means new job will be started from Jan 2022. Let me share a bit my this story as part of daily.
I usually posted my yearly target at 1st Jan every year here. And later half of 30’s, one of the my target was managing diversified team in English (foreigner employee, out side of Japanese). Fortunately I got change to do from 2016. So somehow, getting many kindness and support from colleagues, I did the role for mostly 6 years including staying in Singapore for 5 years. But at same time, my target in recently year, I added one thing to explore what I will do in next a decade in 40’s. Surely one of the target to manage non Japanese people was achieved, also I’m getting boring to continue same biz domain “online adversing”.
Why my emotion for online ads has been happened may be consumer is not preferring to online advertising based on user’s behavioural data analysis which is core technology in recent days. Still the technology for those are not mature, history of this industry is not deep so far are one of the reason consumer is feeling uncomfortable for online ads. Sometime just showed what the person saw as retargeting, or recommendation. So there are many room to improve and grow the business by doing improvement one by one. Another reason for boring the industry is everything is happened on online and not well connected with real world, in in other words, it has not hit me yet to contribute the worlds. Of course, the industry is well monetising online page view and earning as business. But I’m wondering the meaning of industry and it has value for me to continue it.
After back to Japan from Singapore, I tried to make some vegetables on my balcony and also renting shared fields and finding good things in agriculture industry, of course it’s quite huge existing industry in the world, so hard to change it, but feeling that there are some possibility to improve and change the world by IT. And luckily got chance to work the industry “Agtech(Agriculture tech)” from Jan 2022. I’m deeply appreciating all experiences in current company for last 12 years and decided to change job.
Although I can leverage IT experience but it’s totally beginner for agriculture. Although my age is getting over 40, it’s kind of start line as career. but I’m exciting to do and hope use those knowledges after retirement as lifetime assets. This is totally new target (ambisous?) in my new journey.
So hoping I can write some posts which will be related with the agtech I’m learning soon here.