Season’s greetings to you all.
I hesitate to use the phrase, “Happy New Year,” when so many of us continue to face the harshness of austerity. Well, at least the fiscal cliff crisis looks likely to be averted, even if somewhat tentatively. Hopefully this means that negative repercussions to the Japanese economy will be avoided for the time being, and my, what a relief that is.
Straight after the Lehman’s fall, companies in Japan took rationalization measures whereby employees on temporary hire were laid off by the thousands. Now, it is the employees in permanent positions who are getting the axe. Only yesterday did my newspaper give a front page coverage on Panasonic’s heartless measures being taken to consign unwanted employees into resignation. My husband also works in the waning manufacturing industry, so we can hardly afford to look at the situation with indifference.
Whatever harshness this new year might bring, I am adamant that I continue to provide my family with love and comfort that they deserve. Let this be my new year’s resolution.
Best wishes, everyone.