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Japanese-Style Management

by Andrew Lee

Staff Writer

Shigeo Shimizu, former managing director of Toray Industries and a life-long veteran of Japan’s management culture, was so troubled by the financial scandal that brought down Olympus Corp. in 2011, that he decided something needed to done to avoid such scandals being repeated.

Japanese-Style Management, by Shigeo Shimizu.
lid publishing, Nonfiction.

In “Japanese-Style Management: From crisis to reformation in the age of Abenomics,” Shimizu argues that along with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic polices, radical change must occur in the country’s management practices — in particular the bad habits of group decision-making that obscures individual responsibility and a form of wilful corporate governance.

For journalists, businessmen or investors seeking to understand big business in Japan, this book is a great place to start.