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Talked Dialogue “New ideas emerge from taking a closer look at the structure,” featuring journalist & author Toko Shirakawa and brand consultant Atsushi Fukuda

What kind of work style should we adopt in the post-COVID era?
I spoke to Shirakawa, who was a member of the Work Style Reform Council, which aims to create a society where all citizens are dynamically engaged.
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Talked Dialogue “New ideas emerge from taking a closer look at the structure” (Part 1),
featuring journalist & author Toko Shirakawa and brand consultant Atsushi Fukuda
http://talked.jp/115/ (Japanese)

Fukuda: In terms of Japan’s social structure, the absolute number of salarymen with stable employment is just too large. Is the main reason for this the assumption that since there are so many salarymen, they don’t need to embrace diversity and can simply carry on like this?
Shirakawa: You’re right. Many of them were hired under a membership-like system when they were fresh graduates, so they have always been at the mercy of the company. Also, many of their skills are actually only relevant within the specific context of their company, so you could say that they have banked their livelihood on their job there. Salarymen don the armor of a corporate warrior and work around the clock. Their wife is usually a housewife, so if they are transferred somewhere else, their entire family would have to move with them. With their family as hostages, salarymen don’t even have the freedom to quit their job.”

Editing: Junko Io
Write-up: Mihoko Kusano
Photography: Yukiko Koshima
Date: March 18th, 2021