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Seven stories deal with banking, international trade, the politics of staff appointments, and competition
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Japanese
Almost sociological in their detail, these seven short stories--all examples of the "business novel," a popular genre in Japan--offer a fascinating, self-critical glimpse of Japanese corporate culture and the human costs of the work ethic. While some of the smoothly translated tales are dry and didactic, others deftly reflect a business world rife with pretension, manipulation and conformism. In Ikko Shimizu's romantic melodrama "Silver Sanctuary," an upstart banker's need to maintain an ideal self-image affects his choice of a marriage partner. "Kinjuo the Corporate Bouncer" by Saburo Shiroyama details power plays at shareholders' meetings. The settings range from a Tokyo candy factory to a Los Angeles trading company, and some of the stories cast a skeptical eye on the U.S. government's pressure tactics in trade negotiations and on the American advertising industry, "gifted at grasping mob psychology."
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description M E Sharpe Inc, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX087332529X
Book Description Routledge, 1990. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M087332529X