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Reworking JapanChanging Men at Work and Play under Neoliberalism$
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Nana Okura Gagné

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781501753039

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501753039.001.0001

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Navigating the Waves of Work and Life

Navigating the Waves of Work and Life

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(p.175) 6 Navigating the Waves of Work and Life
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Reworking Japan
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Nana Okura Gagné

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501753039.003.0007

This chapter mentions Saitō-san and Shimizu-san as examples of individuals who escaped the corporate shackles and their lifeways on the fringes of salarymanhood. It looks at the stories of Matsuda-san and Takagi-san, which reveal how they were never free from difficulties and struggles as they navigated through the unpredictable waves of work and life. It also highlights Matsuda-san and Takagi-san's creative interpretations and responses to the circumstances they encountered and how they thrived within the inclusive employment systems and corporate restructuring. The chapter identifies some of the more successful salarymen of Matsuda-san's generation who heralded unexpected opportunities toward the end of their official careers at the dawn of the twenty-first century. It elaborates how Takagi-san's life experiences show that belonging to a corporation means that one's life will be largely framed and guided by one's relationship with one's direct boss, constituting one's corporate life.

Keywords:   salarymanhood, employment systems, corporate restructuring, direct boss, corporate life

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