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Japanese at Work: from the World at Work series
Title : Japanese at Work: from the World at Work series
Author : John Spiri
Publisher : CreateSpace
Country : USA
Language : English
ISBN/ISSN : 978-1463559885
Published year : 2011
Number of pages : 134
Book subject : sociology/politics
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Name of Presenter: John Spiri
Presentation Data English:
Japanese at Work contains candid and often revealing interviews conducted over a number of years in a number of cities across Japan and in other Asian countries. The book provides readers with insights into culture and ways of thinking that are at once more vivid and authentic than culture sections of guidebooks. A version of some interviews were previously published in Kansai Time Out magazine.

While inspired by the work of the late and great Studs Terkel, and his one million best seller book Working, the presentation in Japanese at Work takes a slightly different approach. The question and answer format is preserved, giving readers a fuller picture of the ebb and flow of the conversation. The interviews break the unfortunate stereotype that Japanese workers are machine-like, unthinking and unfeeling. The interviewees share with us myriad ways to make a living: some work traditional and ordinary occupations, while others are strikingly unfamiliar. Moreover, some have clearly found their calling while others are still searching for vocational answers. The chapters include interviews of an internationally renowned concert violinist, a Zen temple abbot, a nightclub owner, an American-born activist, and several homeless men. Readers will get the chance to learn about contemporary Japanese people and their dreams by reading Japanese at Work.

Author's Profile:
Before moving to Japan in 1997, John Spiri taught English in Taiwan and composition at colleges in Vermont, USA. John has lived in several cities in Japan, starting in Kyoto, then Nara before six years in Kyushu in Nagasaki then Kumamoto. From there he moved north to Akita, then on to Tokyo, and finally Gifu. This rich diversity of locales is reflected in the interviewees for Japanese at Work, who hail from various regions of Japan. He started self-publishing in 2003 with the Global Stories series of EFL/ESL global issues textbooks. His more recent self-published Asians at Work series includes Taiwanese at Work, Korans at Work, Southeast Asians at Work and Chinese at Work, as well as the foundation book of the series, Japanese at Work.