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Blue Eyed Salaryman

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Biography & Memoir, Travel & Nature

Blue Eyed Salaryman

From world traveller to lifer at Mitsubishi

Niall Murtagh

eBook (ePUB/MOBI)?
9781847656889 (26 May 2011)

About the book

Why on earth would anyone give up a life on the open road for the regimen of a vast Japanese conglomerate? And is it really so different in Japan from everywhere else? Niall Murtagh spent years as a world traveller - hitchhiking to Istanbul, bussing to Kathmandu and crossing the Atlantic in a home-built yacht. In 1986 he closed the door on his adventurous life and settled down in Japan, eventually joining Mitsubishi as a Salaryman - a man in a shiny suit with a shiny attache case in a conglomerate with 100,000 employees. And what happens when you give up the Salaryman life? The book follows life after the corporation, giving fresh perspectives on the nature of Japanese business culture and the problems faced by outsiders in Japan.

About the author

Niall Murtagh grew up in Dublin. After hitchhiking across Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America in the 1980s, he settled down in Japan, first as a student, then as an ordinary employee of Mitsubishi. He has written for various publications, in both English and Japanese, on travel, technology and corporate culture. He works as a translator and lectures in Hosei University, Tokyo.


A fascinating and engaging book ... a rare inside look at corporate life in Japan, one that's worth more than a dozen business-school studies.

- Matthew Lynn, Bloomberg

Full of wonderful vignettes and details.

- Harriet Sergeant, Spectator

Murtagh gives a fascinating account of a system that is misunderstood, even satirised, in the West.

- Iain Finlayson, Culture Vulture Books

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Biography & Memoir, Travel & Nature