The Accidental Office Lady: An American Woman in Corporate Japan

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9784805311561: The Accidental Office Lady: An American Woman in Corporate Japan

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 uniform—a 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 to—and ultimately thrive in—the 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 Lady is 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.

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The Japan we see most often is an image of a country teetering on the edge of depression, an economic system that's too hamstrung by its own cultural traditions to fully participate in the global economy. The endless train of trade delegations to and from Tokyo seem to attest to the cultural gap that exists between Japan and the rest of the world--but that's where the explanation usually stops. We're rarely privy as to the nature of the gap itself.

That's why Laura Kriska's book, The Accidental Office Lady, is so valuable. The book is a firsthand account of Kriska's two years in Japan working as a trainee for the Honda Motor Company. As a trainee, she takes on a variety of tasks, from serving tea and taking the coats of senior executives to working in one of Honda's auto factories. Along the way she confronts the rigidity of business life in Japan: "I felt the corporate walls forcing me into a mold as though I were trapped inside a Fisher-Price playhouse, in which each piece of furniture fit perfectly into its assigned space and had a single hole for a peg-shaped doll. I didn't want to be that doll, and the more threatened I felt, the more I wanted to resist." Kriska not only successfully resists, but finds that she's able to fit into the corporate world of Honda. Anyone contemplating the nuances of Japanese life--especially from a woman's perspective--will find this an insightful and entertaining read. --Harry C. Edwards

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"The nail that sticks up gets hammered down"&$8212;or does it?

With a newly-minted degree in Japanese studies and plenty of youthful idealism, Laura Kriska accepts a job as the very first American trainee at the headquarters of the Honda Motor Company in Tokyo. Her image of Japanese corporate life is dramatically challenged on her first day at work, however, when she is issued a blue polyester uniform&$8212;one 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, Kriska recounts her struggle to adapt to&$8212;and ultimately thrive in&$8212;the culture of a traditional Japanese company. Shortly before her departure, she poignantly travels full circle by introducing a successful campaign to make women's uniforms optional.

Reissued with a new foreword by the author, The Accidental Office Lady remains a vivid firsthand account of an outsider's journey to the heart of corporate Japan, and of the problems of gender inequality that persist today in this male-dominated society. It is also an inspiring account of one woman's successful campaign to bring incremental change to a rigid corporate bureaucracy, demonstrating that it is possible to affect change inside a large organization&$8212;even in Japan.

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