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Salarymen, Their Wives And Overseas Transfer

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This chapter outlines the process of overseas transfer within Japanese companies. It describes the changing role of the wife within the middle-class family in Japan in order to explain the status of the middle-class wives who accompany their husbands to the United Kingdom (UK). The notion of the wife as caretaker of the family who can provide a comfortable and Japanese home environment so that her husband can concentrate on his job has been promoted if not directly by Japanese companies, at least implicitly, and also by Japanese society, including husbands and wives themselves. Women who, due to their Salaryman husband's income, were lucky enough to be in this position, usually worked before marriage, but concentrated on the family once they had married. Salary men husbands were seen as vanguards of Japan's economic success, and a wife who could provide such a husband with home comforts, prided herself on this.

Keywords: Japanese society; overseas transfer; Salarymen husbands; United Kingdom (UK)



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