Shoshaman A Tale of Corporate Japan

ISBN-10: 0520071425

ISBN-13: 9780520071421

Edition: 1991

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Description: Acknowledging no god but the corporate good, the shoshamen--high-powered professionals within Japan's integrated trading companies--serve as the unrelenting cogs of an economic machine. Or do they? Shoshamantakes us inside the world of Japan Inc. to explore the daily lives of the people who inhabit it. Written by a senior executive in a major sogo shosha, this absorbing novel reveals, as no textbook can, the strategies required to win the race to the top. It also makes painfully clear the ethical and psychological choices that such a race demands. The cast of characters is as varied as the corporate world itself, from the devoted Ojima, who has been passed over by the company, to the spirited Masako, who strikes out on her own. The hero, Nakasato Michio, finds that the road to success is long and perilous, as he tries to satisfy his ambitions while remaining faithful to his values. First published asKigyoka sararimanin 1986 and made into a prize-winning television miniseries in 1988, the book has been acclaimed in Japan for the verisimilitude of its characters and situations. It offers a clear understanding of what it is like--in human terms--to survive and perhaps succeed within the confines of the Japanese corporation.

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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/18/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792

Introduction: The Japanese Business Novel
Prologue: The Intruder (April)
New York (March)
The Turning Point (Fifteen Years Ago)
Black Hair (April)
Lost Years (April)
Between Entrepreneur and Salaryman (May)
Our People (Early June)
Epilogue: The Insubordinate Loyalist: Late June
Afterword
About the Author
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