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Shoshaman: A Tale of Corporate Japan (VOICES FROM ASIA)

Shinya, Arai

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ISBN 10: 0520071417 / ISBN 13: 9780520071414
Published by Univ of California Pr, Berkeley, CA, 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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0520071417 Book and jacket, in new mylar cover, have minor wear, tight, bright and unmarked. Inscribed on ffep, 'To Prof. Ellis S. Krauss May 15, 1992 Shinya Arai'. Author was Sumitomo executive. Bookseller Inventory # 001611

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Title: Shoshaman: A Tale of Corporate Japan (VOICES...

Publisher: Univ of California Pr, Berkeley, CA

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition.

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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?

Shoshaman takes 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 as Kigyoka sarariman in 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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Shoshaman takes us inside Japan's integrated trading companies to explore the daily lives of the shoshamen, the high-powered pro-fessionals who make them work.

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