Mar 5, 2016
The japanese salaryman : The modern times Samurai
The Japanese salaryman is an iconic symbol of Japan.
What is Girininjyou (義理人情 ):
- You might for some reason stop your contract with a distributor in Japan, but you might as well give them another opportunity when you develop business in another segment.
- You might cancel an exhibition (trade-show) and have the sales person from the organizer not happy in front of you but you might give them another chance, for another trade-show.
- You might leave your company but still give some information/opportunities to them whenever you have a chance (because they treated you well and so on)
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French citizen in his forties living in Japan and almost 20 years working for foreign companies in Japan.
I hear that this term is also something that is sometimes associated with yakuza. I wonder if there's and English word like this? Or a French one? I like the idea of salarymen as modern day samurai. Although sometimes I don't feel much like a samurai!
Hi. Thank you for commeting. I believe that it might be associated with yakuza thinking way too. I do not know the right way to translate it in English or French. It might be "moral obligation" or "debt of honor", in French "Dette d'honneur" (which is by the way a Tom Clancy book) I also do not feel much like a samurai everyday...
@DirectionJapan I'll keep a look out for that book! Thanks