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Japanese Business Man you say???

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Who is the phantom that is the Japanese Business Man??

Ok, so who is this ‘Japanese Business Man’? He keeps on being mentioned in some of the conversations that I have with locals. I imagine him to be a hardworking Japanese man, named Kawasaki, he is quite a traditional man but who is a man of stature and respect, he is revered by his subordinates and is worshipped by all who meet him.

But the more I listen to people the more I realise that the term ‘Japanese Business Man’ refers to pretty much any Japanese Man in a Suit. All I see in Japan is men wearing suits, everywhere I look they are there, on the subway sat down reading a comic, next to another one stood up on his PSP playing some kind of Mortal Kombat arcade game. Are you telling me they are all business men, come on, in this army of Suited Dandy’s there has got to be one of them who is not cutting high level deals over the board room table.

What I know now of course is that they say Business Man what they really mean is, a Man in a Suit. We say Business Man, what we mean is Alan Sugar, Richard Branson or maybe Del Boy or Frank Butcher. Me, I like to think of Paul Robinson from Ramsay Street, he always did it for me.
But these Japanese Business Men, these men in suits, they read comic books, they watch cartoons and they sleep on the benches. No shit, they go out they have beers and the streets are that safe in Japan, that they sleep in the streets. If they prepare enough, they might get a business or capsule hotel, if that fails and they have no train ticket home, then sod it, they will lay on a bench and curl up into the foetal position, and what better than to be able to wake up outside your office, that’s a quick commute if I have ever heard one. Can you imagine Alan Sugar or Richard Branson reading comics, or sleeping on the bench? Well the answer is no.

What I would like to know is which one of these is the highly dressed admin assistant? It’s difficult to work out, what I'm looking at here is the Terracotta Army of ‘Japanese Business Men’.

All Chiefs and no Indians this place!!

Article By David Beattie of Rounton Coffee

Posted by beatski 09:22 Archived in Japan Tagged man business

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