Made in Japan and Other Japanese "Business Novels"

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The Baby Boom Generation

Taichi Sakaiya


PART 1

I

"Hmm, a convenience store chain . . ." Seizō Ohkura tilted back his bald head, gazing at the ceiling. He had already listened to the briefing about the new project. Advancing age and the problems of his company had darkened the thick fat on his face. Ohkura had been running the A- Electric Company for twenty years, from the late 1950s. He ran it as if he owned it.

"Yes, they are popular these days in the United States. . . ." Shigeki Tomita started to answer, but stopped himself when he saw Junji Yoshifuji put his finger to his lips.

Yoshifuji had served Ohkura for eight years, first as his executive secretary, and later as the head of the presidential secretariat. He knew all of the old president's habits and idiosyncrasies. One of the things he knew was that the president, who lived by the logo "mature thinking and resolute decision," didn't care for "noise" of any sort during his deliberations. Tomita, who had worked under Yoshifuji as an assistant executive secretary, had a lot to learn from him.

Ohkura pulled his obese body forward and began clumsily packing tobacco into his pipe. The deep vertical furrows on his fat forehead showed that the old man was still thinking. His eyes were still directed toward the paper on his desk. The several-page document had

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Notes xvii
  • Made in Japan 3
  • Notes 32
  • Silver Sanctuary 33
  • Notes 57
  • Kinjō the Corporate Bouncer 58
  • Notes 90
  • Notes 110
  • From Paris Ryō Takasugi 111
  • Notes 128
  • The Baby Boom Generation 129
  • Part 2 148
  • Part 3 155
  • Part 3 164
  • Giants and Toys Takeshi Kaikō 165
  • Notes 202
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