Sengoku Boom: Spellbound Young Women
There is a current samurai boom amongst young Japanese women. Mesmerized by TV dramas and uncertain about their seemingly feminine male contemporaries, they are embracing a war-time era (sengoku) in the country's history, when men were men and the samurai code prevailed. At a November 2008 Sengoku manga festival, over 8,000 participants came from across the country. Many wore colorful handmade costumes, most showed off an array of samurai trinkets. What is the reason behind it?
Working with Japan
Bringing in New Team Members
By Patricia Pringle
Relationships are of prime importance in Japanese business. When bringing in new team members, care must be taken to prepare the Japanese for "passing the baton" as early as possible.
Products Of The Month
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2009 May Contents
Contents of the month
Why do you want to get married? (* Figures in parentheses are women’s results.)