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A Half Step Behind: Japanese Women of the '80s
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A Half Step Behind: Japanese Women of the '80s

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Author: Jane Condon
Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Company
Format: Hardback USED
ISBN: 0396086659
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"I hear people always talking about the prosperity and economic success of Japan. To me, the key success factor is the sacrifice of the Japanese women." The speaker is Kiyomi Saito, a thirty-one-year-old banker and Harvard Business School graduate, a career woman in a country where women in prestige professions are few. She is one of the many women of all ages and circumstances who in this fascinating book speak out with remarkable candor about their lives, thoughts, and beliefs. They speak out about their marriages, their families, about divorce and widowhood, about their education and the education of their children, and about the jobs they hold. They speak out, also, about their role in Japanese society and how they perceive it, and about how that role is today slowly changing.

As most Japanese women have grown up thinking their opinions don't count, it is a tribute to the journalistic skills of Jane Condon that the women she interviewed responded to her probing questions with such openness and honesty. The result is a unique look at present-day Japan from the women's point of view - a point of view that has been sorely neglected.

Up to now, concentration in the media has been on Japanese businesses and businessmen. It is way past time to hear from the women. And as these revealing interviews and Condon's incisive commentary make very clear, it is the women, largely unnoticed and unheralded, who are Japan's hidden asset.


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Last Updated: 20 January 2018