The Blue-Eyed Salaryman: From World Traveller to Lifer at by Niall Murtagh

By Niall Murtagh

Why in the world could a person hand over a existence at the open highway for the routine of an unlimited eastern conglomerate? And is it fairly so diverse in Japan from far and wide else? Niall Murtagh spent years as a global tourist - hitchhiking to Istanbul, bussing to Kathmandu and crossing the Atlantic in a home-built yacht. In 1986 he closed the door on his adventurous lifestyles and settled down in Japan, finally becoming a member of Mitsubishi as a Salaryman - a guy in a sparkly swimsuit with a glittery attache case in a conglomerate with 100,000 staff. And what occurs for those who hand over the Salaryman lifestyles? The booklet follows lifestyles after the company, giving clean views at the nature of jap enterprise tradition and the issues confronted by means of outsiders in Japan.

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You will recall that one student, who was absent for extended periods last year, was not permitted to graduate. M. Erai The news hits the grapevine. Matsuno and the others are back in the lab next day, looking at the notices and discussing strategies. They know about the student who didn’t graduate last year. Kitano was his name. He had the Honda . He toured as far as Hokkaido in the summer, Izu when the weather got cold and had a great year. But he didn’t come to the lab much, Erai-sensei didn’t let him pass his exams and what he is doing now is anyone’s guess.

32 – Well … Okay, then. We’ll make it September. Can we say midSeptember? I’m about to say October, but I stop myself. I’ve gone far enough. He might start wondering if I really want to work for Mitsubishi at all. – Please take care and come to the company on  September, he says, relieved he has a starting date. The big Japanese companies can be flexible when they want to. I’ve got some special treatment already. A Western company would have wanted me to start next week, if not sooner, and there would have been no special treatment.

I resist the urge to make any more comments. We visit the common bathroom. The changing room has rows of boxes along the wall where you place your clothing and towel. I slide the frostedglass door open and look into the bathing room: a row of taps and showers so that a dozen people can wash at the same time; little plastic seats where you sit as you scrub; and a very large communal bath like the ones I’d seen at hot-spring resorts in the mountains. A notice at the door says the bath is only available in the evening, although showers may be used at any time.

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