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Title: The blue-eyed slaryman: from World Traveller to-lifer at Mitsubishi
Author: Niall Murtagh
Edition: Business Profile Publication
Date of publication: February 2006
Murtagh Nial was what we call a world traveler, an adventurer. He went fromIstanbul to Patagonia, and did some trekking there. He even crossed the Atlantic by boat.
In the mid-1980s, he moved to Japan. He began to study there and then work for Mitsubishi. He became the first foreign employee. He had become a Salaryman: an employee for life.
In this book the author takes us with him in his history of employee life at Mitsubishi, a Japanese company very traditional in its operation. Discover what life and work within such a society, all seen by a stranger: a Gaijin.
Nial Murtagh offers anecdotes, stories, strokes and heart twists throughout the story. A very interesting book and deep in terms of analysis of the gap that exists between Western and Japanese on the workplace. The author tells his story in a tone somewhat offbeat, humorous.
For now, this is the best book on Japan that I read. A book that gives us an analysis, without actually doing an analysis of work life in one of the most traditional Japanese companies.
The author focuses on his professional life, his disappointments and successes, his ups and downs in such a business.
It is easy to see that everything is not easy when you’re not Japanese. What I also like in this book is that tone a bit light on which it is written. This is an easy book to read and spell. As soon as you start reading you don’t want to stop reading, you want to know what happens next.
A book I suggest you to read because it will make you realize that you are not alone in their particular situation in Japan.
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I recommend the book The accidental office lady to have the female perspective on this situation. Laura Kriska has experienced a situation almost like this by working at Honda.