Trollope would, I think, be intrigued by the fashion for “businessmen” novels in Japan. The authors, such as Jun Ikeido, write about the closed world of Japanese big businesses. And just as Trollope satirised the flaws he observed in the closed worlds about which he wrote, so too do these modern day Japanese authors expose the shortcomings of the so-called salarymen who make up the middle management of Japanese super corporations, serving out their time and studiously avoiding rocking the boat. Their novels are contemporary criticisms possible only in fiction as a result of the Japanese culture.
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