Japanese brand hotels operating overseas employ Japanese housekeeping workers

Royal Nikko Hotel

I am staying at the Royal Nikko Hotel in Taipei. I had a pleasant surprise about how this hotel operates.

I pressed the service button by mistake. A minute later, a housekeeping worker opened the door. She was an elderly Japanese woman who spoke to me in Japanese.

Why does this hotel employ a Japanese worker to work in Taipei? Surely it is too expensive for them?

On reflection, it makes sense. They have many guests who are Japanese. These guests would prefer to stay in a Japanese run hotel. They will feel more at home with Japanese workers. They do not mind paying a higher hotel rate for this service.

Why can’t the Singapore brand hotel adopt this practice? They can employ more workers from Singapore to work in the hotel, including housekeeping workers. They have to pay higher wages than local workers, but it will create a Singapore experience. It will also offer opportunity for Singaporean workers to experience life in other countries.

Is this a good idea?

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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10 Responses to “Japanese brand hotels operating overseas employ Japanese housekeeping workers”

  • Harder Truths:

    A former Miss Singapore was a FT from Myanmar. The ‘gold-medal’ table -tennis Olympians were China FT’s who promptly returned to their country.

    FT – good. $G citizen – bad. This is the pappy motto for success – their success.

    The ballsless citizens vote the clowns into power every election. Why should the pappies change anything?

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  • Boh Kia See:

    Yes, it is true but it is old news. We know about this for a long time.

    Japanese tourists will do a “gold fish bowl” tour visiting other Japanese resorts overseas and eat in Japanese restaurant and play on Japanese golf courses.

    But isn’t that the same for Indian establishments? Just walk into any Indian bank and take a look.

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  • PAP's Impending Doom:

    Because Singaporeans (both employers and employees) have a scrooge, miser mentality. They never want to pay more. They want to pay less and yet still have the cheek to demand better and higher standards of service. They are only loyal to money. That’s why so many go JB. Why support your couuntrymen who give you attitude for buying his wares? Also why support your country men who act like they don’t want you business?

    Singaporeans are stingy with rewards and praise. That’s why people job hop. It’s easier to get promoted that way.

    And becuase of all these misers, lots of foreigners get jobs here.

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  • smart nation needs smart voter:

    Harder Truths:
    A former Miss Singapore was a FT from Myanmar. The ‘gold-medal’ table -tennis Olympians were China FT’s who promptly returned to their country.

    FT – good. $G citizen – bad. This is the pappy motto for success – their success.

    The ballsless citizens vote the clowns into power every election. Why should the pappies change anything?

    well said, bro.

    just to add.

    table tennis glories are all so past tense.

    in pap 2019, not a single table tennis medal.

    like all things pap, from football to table tennis to badminton, all ffffed.

    because pap puts in a pap Lj or pap Cb into every single one of these once great sports. so much so the pap Lj or pap Cb ruins the game.

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  • smart nation needs smart voter:

    Boh Kia See:
    Yes, it is true but it is old news. We know about this for a long time.

    Japanese tourists will do a “gold fish bowl” tour visiting other Japanese resorts overseas and eat in Japanese restaurant and play on Japanese golf courses.

    But isn’t that the same for Indian establishments? Just walk into any Indian bank and take a look.

    not only ceca ah neh banks.

    make a call to any call centre, dbs or uob.

    sure as hell a pinoy answers the call.

    we used to complain how come no 70% sheep to take our calls. since GE2019, each time we hear a pinoy voice, we happy.

    because UNLESS more and more 70% sheep jobless in own land how to vote out pap and vote into power OPPO to form New Government to put pap clown and pap clown wife into jail?

    cannot right?

    so today every time we hear pinoy voice on call to dbs or uob we secretly happy due to impeding doom of pap. more happy because very soon pap clown and pap clown wife must prove their S$m just like najib and najib wife NOW.

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  • ganeshsk:

    Mr. TAn

    Singapore companies are already drawing “ great value from cheap labour” in their own country, why would they want to hire their own kind overseas. Japanese don’t engage FT’s in their country preserving the Japanese experience and so the typical Japanese demands it overseas too and does not mind paying for it,

    SIngapore experience is cheaper faster betterest.

    SO sorry it is nota good Idea.

    We voted for the cheaper faster betterest and sub standard service.

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  • Bbc:

    You got to be out of touch with reality in Singapor. Singapore could not even find enough Singaporeans to be employed in local hotels.

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  • Bobo:

    Dear Mr Tan,

    Do you think the employers want to hire stupid Singaporeans who can’t even fight/survive in our own land? Singaporeans can’t take risk and can’t think out of the box. This is proven in the result of every GE. We can only admire and salivate.

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  • about wholesale lelong:

    TPE case is peanuts lar, one or two or three hotels (or tens / hundreds of thousands of FTs) relative to such a big country (as compared to sinkie land) with their huge natural population ?

    sinkie land is about wholesale lelong open-leg policy lar ?

    FTs are ok lar but the numbers should not be at a level that average daft sinkies start to question and feel uncomfortable lar except the white monkey idiots and doggie gang lar who need it for their own white idiotic selfish monkey reasons than “FTs are here to create jobs for sinkies” ?

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  • Seriously:

    It is a good idea.

    We complain that other peoples help their own kind. If we don’t help our own kind, it is entirely our fault and doing. There is no use complaining about others. Others will do what they do. Other than pass some laws in Singapore to make it hard for them on our soil, we are in no position to stop them.

    Secondly, many Japanese earn these salaries on local terms in those countries. There is a longstanding stereotype of Japanese paying their people very well. It was true many years back, but this is not longer the case and no longer as common. You’d be surprised at the pay some of them receive for the work they do in Japanese corporations outside Japan. It might make Singaporeans pause and think about what some of our workers are demanding at the workplace.

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