A mere 132 pages; a simple story without embellishment - of a Westerner trapped in a Japanese corporation - but the impact is huge. Like a modern horror story, the protagonist slips unwittingly and unstoppably into a hell-like existence.
The force of the book lies in the story being so lifelike that is could almost be true, perhaps is true! Born from the authors own experiences in Japan, it is realistic and never exaggerated.
Before the bubble burst, Japan really did rule the economic world, with an arrogance to match. But behind that success are methods and structures and expectations steeped in a culture and mindset which is totally alien and incomprehensible to outsiders. Codes of conduct which are unspoken, rigid hierarchies which are not made explicit. A mine-field of 'Dos' and Don'ts.'
There are few more accurate, more illuminating or more succinct introductions to life in Japanese business.