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The Clash of economic cultures: Japanese bankers in the city of London

Author: Sakai, Junko Series: Memory and narrative series Publisher: Transaction Publishers, 2004.Language: EnglishDescription: 279 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0765808129Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index and glossary
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Includes bibliographical references and index and glossary


The Clash of Economic Cultures Japanese Bankers in the City of London Contents Figures and tables Acknowledgements 1 1 Introduction Japanese transnational companies - an egalitarian or hierarchical workplace? 3 Culture and identity problems in Japanese financial companies in the City 6 Life stories - focusing on 'stories' rather than facts 11 The interviews 14 The position of `I' 20 The structure of the book 21 Notes 22 2 Ambition and withdrawal - Japanese experience in the City The changing City - from gentlemanly club to multicultural entity 28 The Japanese financial institutions in the City - from borrowers to investors 30 Cultural barriers in business practice 43 Japanese responses to the criticisms in the interviews 46 Notes 51 3 The Japanese financial community and its people Outlook of the Japanese business community in the City 57 Types of financial institutions and size of companies 62 Portraits of the interviewees 64 Notes 82 4 Segregation and languages of different work cultures Duality of the management structure 85 x xi 1 27 57 85 CONTENTS Segregation between Japanese and local staff 90 Languages of different work cultures 95 Language and power 118 Notes 128 5 Competing masculinities and contrasted femininities -- gender relationships between cultures Segregation of the career courses of Japanese female managers 135 Japanese men at the centre 138 Women's responses to the male world -- compromise, subordination and resistance 146 The British `gaze' on Japanese gender relationships 151 The Japanese `gaze' on British gender relationships 157 Conclusion -- interrelation between gender, ethnic and class identities 160 Notes 161 6 Floating identities between two imaginary worlds Japanese sense of self and views -- two contradictory centres 167 Belonging to the company 167 Towards the world -- in the front line of change 168 Dilemmas of international Japanese businessmen 171 Withdrawal into `Japanese' cultural identity 173 Is the `Japanese system' changing? 175 Japanese companies for the British -- expansion to the periphery 179 Japanese banks as new career pathways 179 G o i n g international -- expansion to the frontier 185 Disappointment and withdrawal into `the universal world' 188 Fragmentation of identities according to gender and class consciousness 197 `Floating identities' between cultures 202 Notes 209 7 Beyond national boundaries Life stories of locally-hired Japanese women 216 How and why did they leave Japan? 217 What did they feel when they first came to Britain? 221 Disillusion about their working lives 222 Disillusion about their private lives 227 `Floating identity' -- regretting and accepting 230 Construction, deconstruction and reconstruction of identities 233 Notes 237 132 166 214 CONTENTS 8 Conclusion -- possibilities of new cultural identities in transnational working experiences Notes 249 Appendix 1 Japanese glossary Appendix 2 Details of interviewees Appendix 3 Introduction lines for interviews Bibliography Index 240 250 253 258 261 271

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