9784805311561

The Accidental Office Lady: An American Woman in Corporate Japan

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  • ISBN13:

    9784805311561

  • ISBN10:

    4805311568

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/10/2011
  • Publisher: Tuttle Pub
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Summary

A young woman with a new degree in Japanese studies and plenty of youthful idealism and can-do spirit accepts a job as the first American trainee at Honda's headquarters in Tokyo. Her image of Japanese corporate life is dramatically challenged on her first day at work when she is issued a blue polyester uniforma uniform worn only by women! From menial beginnings serving tea to executives and cleaning the boss's desk, to a stint in public relations, to developing training classes for Japanese associates going to America, Laura Kriska recounts her struggle to adapt toand ultimately thrive inthe culture of a traditional Japanese company. Shortly before her departure, she travels full circle by introducing a successful campaign to make women's uniforms optional. Now with a new foreword by the author, The Accidental Office Ladyis a vivid and valuable firsthand account not only of corporate Japan and the gender inequality that persists within it, but of an outsider's successful attempt to work within cultural boundaries to affect organizational change.

Author Biography

Laura Kriska is a leading Japanese business consultant specializing in communication and teamwork. She is dedicated to creating successful relationships between Japanese and Americans in the workplace. Kriska's writing has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Working Woman, Self, and Mangajin.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Prologue
Uniform
Office Ladies
Ms. Mori
Sisters and Uncles
Conformity and the Helicopter Ride
Alone
Finding Myself on the Map
The Maverick
The Art of Negotiation
Lessons on Mt. Fuji
Transition
Salaryman
The Factory
Life in Sayama
Culture Lessons
Permanent Effects
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