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    Uh oh. Looks like some people are a little Japan-defensive today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mothy View Post
    Uh oh. Looks like some people are a little Japan-defensive today.
    Don't make me put you in the closet again.

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    I have to say, as cultural and language lessons for middle school students go, I don't think Trapped in the Closet is very age appropriate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greyjoy View Post
    I have to say, as cultural and language lessons for middle school students go, I don't think Trapped in the Closet is very age appropriate.
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    Being locked in a closet is certainly the worst ALT horror story of which I've heard.

    After a few hours of sleep I have to agree with others that the story sounds a little strange.
    Last edited by johnny; July 7th, 2014 at 12:08.
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    Teach them something new?? Are you mad? All you do in Japan is rehash the same stuff over and over for 15 years. Hello song, what do you like sports? and fruit basket. The holy trinity of English education.

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    They didn't work for the Hokkaido prefectural BoE, did they?
    ...because Japan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antonath View Post
    They didn't work for the Hokkaido prefectural BoE, did they?

    Gave 'em the 'ole "Hokkaido BOE Ice Locker."

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    What the hell is 'power bullying'? How is it different from any other kind of bullying?

    This whole thing seems a little... off.
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    Old Snow wouldn't have said that.
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    You are like the secret boss battle they only advertised back when the game was being developed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SomePeopleJustSaySnow View Post
    What the hell is 'power bullying'?
    It involves 80's hair and shoulder pads.
    ...because Japan.

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    Does it also involve Corey Feldman? Are there hair metal vampires? Because if so, I am sold on this concept.
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    Old Snow wouldn't have said that.
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    You are like the secret boss battle they only advertised back when the game was being developed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antonath View Post
    It involves 80's hair and shoulder pads.
    That image slayed me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kurisu View Post
    That image slayed me.
    I might just kiss you for that pun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fitchaber10 View Post
    Just wanted to let everyone know how this turned out. I ended up leaving Japan in late September of 2013. It was the best decision of my life. I woke up one morning, looked in the mirror and realized that the thing that was making me the most unhappy was my job and living in Japan.

    I experienced a lot of power bullying in the workplace where I was constantly yelled at, sexually harassed and even locked in a closet at one point (had to climb out the window above the door in order to get out). I had tried expressing my concerns to the BoE and CLAIR, but they told me their hands were tied and that all they could do was ask the school to be nicer. This made matters worse for me at school.

    One Friday (also payday) after work I went to the bank, withdrew all my cash, booked my flight home using frequent flyer miles (business class to boot!) and left, without telling anyone. I cleaned my apartment and got rid of the furniture, so that my successor would be fine when they moved in. I also cancelled soft bank and left like three hundred in my account to cover my last credit card payment. I was in Narita before I even e-mailed my PA/CIR at the BoE. As soon as I was on the plane leaving Japan I felt the weight of the world fly away. When I was in Japan I suffered tension headaches and was depressed (due to the situation at work). Since returning to the US, I haven't had a single one and never regret leaving. I now live and work in a major city as a study abroad advisor!

    If you're unhappy, just leave. The contract means jack all and the job isn't worth getting depressed over.
    Thanks for letting us know how things worked out, too! There are a lot of people who come on here for advice that could probably help other ALTs but never follow up on how the situation worked out. I'm glad that you're doing well and out of a bad work situation

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    fake

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    Quote Originally Posted by therealwindycity View Post
    Thanks for letting us know how things worked out, too! There are a lot of people who come on here for advice that could probably help other ALTs but never follow up on how the situation worked out. I'm glad that you're doing well and out of a bad work situation
    word

    Really, despite all the snark going down in here, I think most folks would agree that it's awesome you're in a better situation, and I'll bet some alternate was thrilled to be upgraded (even if your placement was a bit questionable).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScoobyDoobyBoob View Post
    fake
    Yeah... While it may nor not be fake, you would be the last person on earth who would know.

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    I don't think it sounds fake, I just think we're still missing the important detail of 'why the hell did they get locked in a cupboard'?
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    Old Snow wouldn't have said that.
    Quote Originally Posted by Zolrak 22 View Post
    You are like the secret boss battle they only advertised back when the game was being developed.

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    Why it was done doesn't concern me as much as how he let it happen and why he didn't force the issue at the BoE or with whoever. If, in the course of my life, I'm ever locked in a closet by a coworker, and my boss says "I'll tell him to be nicer", there's going to be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mothy View Post
    Yeah... While it may nor not be fake, you would be the last person on earth who would know.
    Just because it's jet stuff? Someone being there right now doesn't make them anymore qualified to know whether or not this person was locked in a closet.

    Not even trying to be an ass, but it's the internet. Sensationalist lies are posted everywhere.

    But if it does happen to be true, I'm glad you're happy cause in the end that's what matters. And my bad for not believing a super seemingly far-fetched story.
    Last edited by ScoobyDoobyBoob; July 7th, 2014 at 14:39.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScoobyDoobyBoob View Post
    Just because it's jet stuff? Someone being there right now doesn't make them anymore qualified to know whether or not this person was locked in a closet.
    Well it... Sort of does. Familiarity with the typical working environment of a country does help you make informed decisions on the veracity of a story concerning it.

    However, I choose to believe that he was merely judging you by your profile picture, in which you're gravely ill and thus probably delusional.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jiggit View Post
    Old Snow wouldn't have said that.
    Quote Originally Posted by Zolrak 22 View Post
    You are like the secret boss battle they only advertised back when the game was being developed.

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