In Japan, a phone-answering competition actually exists

Yes, you heard us right: a formal phone-answering competition takes place annually with thousands of office workers across Japan competing for the top honors for providing the most polite, pleasant and efficient service. What’s even more surprising: this year, in 2013, will be the 52nd year the competition is being staged. Wow. Then again, with a US$6.85-billion professional phone answering industry in Japan, that’s minutely understandable. Yes, just minutely.

Via NY Times

Phone-answering competition

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