Western Women Working In Japan

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Globalization demands that more employees become comfortable working outside their home country borders. Western Women Working in Japan is a research-based description of the work and living situations facing foreign professional women who work in Japan. The book draws upon detailed survey data and in-depth interviews, as well as the experiences of the authors, who have lived or worked in Japan during the last 20 years. It examines how foreign women can succeed in Japanese and foreign firms operating in Japan by describing what helps these Western women adjust to Japan and work with Japanese bosses, subordinates, and clients. These women face some different problems than men, yet are armed with special advantages.

Drawing upon past research and exploring in new directions, the authors examine the connection between women's job success and the quality of their work relationships with the Japanese, their autonomy, Japanese linguistic ability, and age. Their working relationships are also compared to male expatriates and to the women's previous jobs. The interviews provide new insights into the sexual bias and harassment they encountered and how they dealt with these issues. The book includes valuable recommendations in the areas of selection, training, support, and repatriation for both the organizations that employ foreign women in their Japanese operations and for the women themselves.

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Based on surveys, in-depth interviews, and years of personal experience, examines the working and housing conditions of western women working in Japan. Passes on hints on how to get along with Japanese bosses, subordinates, and clients; the role of work relationships, autonomy, linguistic ability, and age in success; insights into sexual bias and harassment; and the challenges and advantages women do not share with their male counterparts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899309019
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/1995
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

NANCY K. NAPIER, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at Boise State University, worked for several years at Battelle Memorial Institute in contract research for Nissan, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, and Nippon Steel.

SULLY TAYLOR is an Assistant Professor of International Management at the School of Business Administration, Portland State University, and has taught in Spain and Japan.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures



Wanted: Adventurers for the Next Century

Foreign Professional Women in Japan: The Realities

What Next for Foreign Professional Women?

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C



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