generation gap

Do most Japanese Gen Z music lovers skip the guitar solo in songs? Survey finds out

Online survey investigates one specific way that the youth of today consume, or rather don’t consume, music.

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The kind of boss Japanese millennials wish they had, shown in touching workplace manga

Managers in Japan often use the phrase “Imadoki no wakai mono ha…” to gripe about young people, but this time there’s a twist.

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New employee late to work in Japan shocks older coworkers by blaming the screw-up on “Mama”

Kids these days, amiright?

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Four frustrating “middle-aged man rules” that dictate life in a Japanese office

Are you an innovation-loving young professional? Brace yourself for the chance you’ll run into this aggravations working in Japan.

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Simple heart drawing test may help you tell someone’s age

Who knew those little doodles in your notebook could reveal so much about your generation?

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Junior high student leaves us laughing after mistaking traditional pattern for Wi-Fi symbol

Kids these days with their freaking Zunes and PalmPilots!

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Can you spot what’s wrong with this picture? One young salaryman couldn’t

There’s a Japanese phrase, yutori sedai, that you’ll hear in just about any established company after the new hires start showing mid-spring. The term refers to people who’ve grown up in Japan’s modern, less strict educational system (which is still stricter than those in many other countries), and while yutori sedai literally translates as “relaxed generation,” it’s real meaning is closer to “damned kids today,” as it’s almost always used in a derogatory sense by an older worker who’s exasperated at a younger employee’s lack of proper manners, business acumen, or just plain common sense.

A lot of times, the people muttering under their breath about the yutori sedai do so out of a combination of stubbornly resisting change and convenient memory gaps that don’t include any of the many mistakes they made in their own youth, but this experienced salaryman may have a point, given that his yutori sedai coworker can’t seem to grasp the finer points of how to hang up a phone.

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Want to tell which generation a person grew up in? Hand them an N64 controller!

Released in 1996, the Nintendo 64 game console not only eventually gave us such hit titles as Mario Party and Super Smash Bros., but it also had one of the most unusual controllers of all time. You know the one: that three-pronged contraption with the d-pad on the left, A, B, and C buttons on the right, and the joystick in the middle.

Many of us grew up with those classics, and with many consoles still alive and kicking, even the younger generations are able to enjoy them today. But, did you know that you can tell who grew up in the N64 generation and who didn’t by the way they hold the controller?

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