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Since the Second World War, the Japanese economy has been the subject of an immense literature, both academic and popular. Much has been written about the Japanese company and the Japanese management process, including that of overseas transfer and what it means not only to the economy but to Japanese working men. This is the introductory chapter of the book which focuses on the experiences and roles of Japanese women who accompany their husbands on assignments to the United Kingdom (UK) as wives, concentrating in particular on the role commonly known as 'sengyō shufu '. The Japanese women who took part are of three main age groups, broadly defined as young, newly-married women without children, middle-aged women with children of school age or younger and older women with no, or non-dependent, children. The chapter also presents an overview of how the other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords: Japanese management process; Second World War; United Kingdom (UK)

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