Now and Zen Japan
Michael Howard: "The Salaryman" Author
February 07, 2020
This episode I sit down with Michael Howard to discuss his new book "The Salaryman". A humorous, manga-illustrated memoir from an American who tried and failed (?) to fit into Japanese office culture for almost a decade. We discuss some of the back stories from his book and analyze the reasons Japanese salaryman culture is the way it is. He is a great writer and a good story-teller as well. Together we fall into the U.S.-Japan business culture gap over beers (and margaritas) at Hacienda in Daikanyama. Some other highlights from our conversation:
- How he became such a talented and entertaining writer
- Why he kept a secret blog before writing "The Salaryman"
- Learning that one of his bosses was . . . "Connected"
- The positives of working at Japanese companies
- What happens when I accidentally spill a beer on his book
- Explains the ease & profitability of KDP self publishing
- Teases a potential second book and it's scandalous main story (11:00)
- The torture of Japanese "meeting" culture
- What is "Manner Mode"
- The Onsen and the Hospital stories
- Would he ever work for a Japanese company again?
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The Salaryman https://www.amazon.co.jp/Salaryman
Also available Direct: http://www.thesalarymanbook.com
Contact Michael: email@example.com