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Almost obvious Blue is a brutal story of misplaced formative years in a jap port city just about an American army base. Murakami?s image-intensive narrative paints a portrait of a gaggle of neighbors locked in a harmful cycle of intercourse, medicines and rock?n?roll. the radical is all yet plotless, however the uncooked and infrequently violent prose takes us on a rollercoaster trip via truth and hallucination, highs and lows, during which the characters and their stories come vividly to existence. Trapped in passivity, they achieve neither ardour nor excitement from their adventures. but out of the alienation, boredom and underlying rage and grief emerges a surprisingly quiet and nearly both stunning attractiveness. Ryu Murakami?s first novel, Almost obvious Blue gained the coveted Akutagawa literary prize and have become an immediate bestseller. Representing a pointy and wide awake turning clear of the introspective development of postwar jap literature, it polarized critics and public alike and shortly attracted overseas cognizance as a substitute view of recent Japan.

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This in turn leads to an emphasis on long-term effects and, concurrently, on the de-emphasis of financial considerations as the core means of judging business decisions. Chapter 2 BUSINESS ETmCS: A JAPANESE VIEW IwaoTaka Abstract The normative environment for Japanese business may be viewed in both religious and social terms. In the religious dimension, the influence of Confucianism, Buddhism and traditional Japanese religions combine to emphasize that every person has their own soul or spirit (numen) which is connected to the ultimate reality.

218. , 222. 43 The Group Environment and the Concentric Circles Now that I have explained both the group normative environment and the concentric circles of corporations, I should make clear the relationship between the group normative environment and the concentric circles. According to the group logic, each group has its own numen and has a different social status. For example, even if the R&D unit of corporation A has its own numen, the status of the unit is lower than that of A itself. The status of A is also lower than that of the leading company B in the same industry.

TWO NORMATIVE ENVIRONMENTS -- RELIGIOUS DIMENSION In order to evaluate the traditional ethical standards of the Japanese business community, it is necessary to describe the Japanese cultural context or background. When it comes to cultural or ethical background, we can classify Japanese conscious and unconscious beliefs into a "religious dimension" and a "social dimension," in that Japanese culture cannot be understood well in terms of only one of the two dimensions. , 92-93. 27 Japanese observe or conceive their social environment.

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