The squad

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The department head, Mr. Takano, was in his early 40s, short and spectacled but looked pompous when he walked with his chest thrust.Mr. Takano had started his career at one […]

Miss Sasaki

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Legal Dept. was different because they were led by Miss Sasaki. Miss Sasaki was the only woman director in the office. She was not even 40 years old when I […]

Women’s roles

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The men were exempt from menial tasks because they had women who submitted the expense reimbursement form and procured stationaries for them. The landline telephones were placed only on the […]

The assistants

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It was lunchtime when the meeting with Mr. Kamoi ended. Mr. Iwata told me to go out for lunch with the women. A tall, round-faced woman and a short, pointy-jawed […]

First day

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The majority of new graduates in Japan start their new job on April 1st. There was a ceremony at a hotel close to where the HQ was at. The company […]

Founder the great

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The newly hired new graduates gathered together again for the weekend-long training before the job started on April first. We separated into two groups, one for the creators – artists […]

Shifting wind

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My family was glad that I secured the job at a company publicly listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The videogame industry was relatively new but […]

Shima the artist

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A few months after I received the job offer, my to-be employer held a day-long orientation in a hotel conference room in Tokyo. Over 100 new graduates came together, including […]

Relationship equilibrium

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Noah showed me a different dimension of Tokyo. As a successful white American ex-pat of a major bank, he enjoyed access to the high-quality life Tokyo offered to only the […]

Noah the banker

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I accepted the offer from the company with an ignorantly sexist department head and turned down the other. Sexism was so prevalent in Japanese corporate culture (or everywhere else). Any […]