Friday, June 27, 2008

Two More Books on Japan

Straight Jacket Society is a hysterically funny book on Japan describing a Japanese psychiatrist's return to his home country after living in New York for many years. He comes up against the idiocies of the bureaucracy and counters them ingeniously.

The problem is Amazon doesn't have it nor does Alibris. I tried but they didn't have it either. This is a gem as it's written by a Japanese man who understands the West.

Fear and Trembling: A Novel is a semi-autobiographical account of a young Belgian woman's year working as an Office Lady in a Japanese company. She's fluent in the language, hard working and intelligent. Yet the harder she works and the more she tries, the worse she gets treated. This is well written, but does show a bad side of the society.

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