Maya Angelou once said "Words mean more than what is set down on paper." Well, not in Japan, where having your specialty in the form of a paper from a trusted organization is rock-solid proof of one's professionalism.
The latest issue of the Japanese magazine Big Tomorrow lists 21 "certifications" that will help you boost your earnings to higher than the average salaryman. A few winners:
the "baby chick distinguisher"
the "polconman" (pollution containment manager?)
the "stress coper"
the "parking monitor" (re: meter maid)
the "beer taster"
the "security deposit diagnostic specialist"
the "baby sign language specialist"
the "hip hop basics specialist" (for hip hop dance instructors)
the "mystery shopper" (goes to restaurants and hotels to rate them)
the "night viewing specialist"
Time to get those instruction books and burn the midnight oils folks.