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Re: [tlug] Looking for Summer Internship in Japan

Hi everyone,

> besides Stephen's point about how good the Japanese economy (and
> maybe North America's and Europe's?) was back then, the world
> population has grown a lot worldwide [...] there's just more people
> looking for work.  More competition means lower wages and longer
> hours.  If a Japanese employer doesn't look at an overseas
> workforce, then the company will risk get swallowed up by another
> company.

That can't be the only explanation. Why would Japan IT be doomed to be
reduced to stupid/boring/cheap jobs and outsourced to digital sweat
shops while US IT still dominates the tech world with innovation and
money? I don't have the feeling that Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple,
Microsoft have given up being industry leaders and recruiting talented
people for interesting and well paid jobs, so there must be a way in
Japan too.

The population/competition thing is probably true for low
qualification jobs, such as the usual PHP and Java stuff where one is
only asked to be able to read and write in the company chosen
language; these are the assembly line workers of the IT factory. But
the factory also needs inventors and designers and I don't see an
excess supply of skilled polyglot programmers with a solid computing
culture and some keen interest in software performance and
quality. The one from Knuth, not the one from the Gang of Four.

Nicolas LIMARE

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