Preface

When I first went to Japan almost 20 years ago, I was a student of international business. To support my expensive language classes in Tokyo, I got a job in a Tokyo firm, where I stayed for more than 2 years. This was my first job, and at that time, I had no comparison with what it would be like to work in a Western firm.

I loved working in a Japanese firm. People were very friendly and supportive, the enthusiasm of employees for their job and their company was enormously high, and there was real team spirit. Even after returning to my home country, I continued to work in a Japanese corporation in Vienna, where I worked at one of Japan’s major broadcasting corporations. Work was very demanding, but again, the Japanese team was highly ...

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