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What Overseas Transfer Means To Wives

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This chapter explores what an overseas assignment to the United Kingdom (UK) means to Japanese wives, rather than what the process means to working husbands, which has been the focus of other studies to date. It begins with women's reactions to the news of their husband's transfer and, as well as their personal concerns about it. The chapter examines other factors of significance, such as the degree of help provided by a husband's company, the standard of housing provided, the cost of living in the UK and the quality of family life, which all have a bearing on the overseas experience for women. Japanese companies provide significant financial allowances and benefits, depending on the age and status of the employer transferred. One of the aims of financial allowances provided by companies is to keep the standard of living constant before, during and after the international assignment.

Keywords: financial allowances; international assignment; Japanese companies; United Kingdom (UK)



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