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Bringing Home the Sushi: An Inside Look at Japanese Business through Japanese Comics

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Laura K. Silverman, ed.

The most unfortunate aspect of Bringing Home the Sushi is the title. The book is a tight collection of materials from an important genre in contemporary Japan: business manga, or comic magazines with stories oriented around the workplace. But the title expresses much less. It implies the kind of trite simplicity that is pervasive in the popular image of Japan today: “Oh, they eat sushi instead of bacon! I get it!” Recognizing the need to work against such easy stereotypes as I design my courses on modern Japan, I approached Bringing Home the Sushi with the wary eye of one too often promised a one-easy-lesson “inside look” at the real Japan.