The Sonbeam’s contract was renewed. He is to continue his job as a teaching assistant, with time off for his studies and his tutoring jobs. However, times are tough, and it was a close shave. We were both pleased to learn that he would keep his job, and yet quite shocked to learn that three of his co-workers – all well-established and much-loved teachers – were given the chop this year.
And we each know several new university graduates who cannot find any kind of work at all. Normally this would be unheard of here.
Hard times have come to Japan. I never felt this way, even after the ‘quake. Then? I felt optimistic. Now? I feel despair. Keep your fingers crossed for us all.