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The accidental office lady: how an American woman has become an Office Lady in Japan
Title: The accidental Office Lady: An American woman in corporate Japan
Author: Laura Kriska
Edit: Tuttle Publishing, Reprint edition
Publication date: September 2011
Laura Kriska was a young graduate when she came to Japan. Full of idealism and her degree in Japanese, she went to work for two years with the company Honda.
On her first day at work she will be extremely surprised when they will provide her the uniform she will wear for two years. A uniform that only women should wear. Laura was surprised and disappointed. But she quickly realized that this was not the only things that are specific demands to the women: serving tea to senior management, clean the boss’s office, make translations from Japanese to English, …
She tells her story, that of adaptation in this business totally opposite of her lifestyle. Laura reveal her struggles, successes and defeats. A story on a human scale, for a person living in a world different from hers.
What I love about this book is the thoroughness of history and step back to the author managed to take over her position. She soon realized she was not home and she should respect the local environment, without losing her ideals.
Laura Kriska has evolved, changed and progressed over two years of this adventure in a world totally different from hers. She has turned to maturity.
This book offers a different perspective on women and the working world inJapan, all seen by a stranger.
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I recommend the book The blue eyed salaryman for the male perspective on this situation. Nial had worked at Mitsubishi, a Japanese company very traditional and conservative.