Subsequent days and years

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The next morning, I learned that airplanes were grounded in and out of the US. Had our return flight been several hours later, we would have been stuck in Guam. […]

September 2001

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Early in September 2001, my sister and I went to Guam for a long weekend. My sister won the trip for two in a ruffle at the bar. She said […]

Future of assistants

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Mr. Tada’s team supported the management of subsidiaries and affiliate companies. The responsibility ranged from budget planning to financing to general managerial decision-making support. They required sophisticated business skills that […]

Shame over empathy

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When I got home that evening, I called my parents. I cried and ranted about the injustice done by my bosses and my undeservedness of such treatment. It was intentional […]

Terrible boss

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After a few months working in the IR department, I realized how troubled Mr. Iwata’s personality was. He was arrogant and boastful about his achievements, but that wasn’t uncommon among […]

Turn of the table

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My sister broke up with Nobu shortly after I returned from the US. One day I entered the living room where they were talking, and she asked me to excuse […]

Vengeance

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I initially considered Jon as another Noah, whom I also saw at the time. With his privilege and power, Jon introduced me to an illusion of the world where I […]

Jon the investor

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After several months of reporting daily stock prices, I was given a chance to sit with Mr. Iwata to meet with investors. All I had to do was to take […]

Befriending a white man

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I kept seeing Tom but never told anyone else but my friend Sachi. I told Tom to keep it a secret, too, which hurt his feelings. He eventually texted me […]

Tom the “tanpan”

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I met Tom through my Waseda friends. He had done an exchange program at Waseda a few years back and returned to Japan when he got a job at one […]