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Two Japanese ladies make their way through the city streets in the evening. Miyu and Kana are working-class ladies who have developed a relationship that is as much a sisterly affair as it is professional. Tonight Kana decides to let her mentor in on her intention to quit her present job in favor of a Gaishikei. While they discuss this new development at Miyu's favorite spot, they are joined by The Master, the mysterious owner of the establishment who takes it upon himself to enlighten the ladies about the workings of these companies using a series of examples in Kana Oshito's introduction to business habits in the land of the rising sun titled Good Gaijin, Bad Gaijin.
For clarity, it is essential to note that Gaishikei is the Japanese word for a foreign company with a presence in Japan, and Gaijin is the local term for a foreigner living on Japanese soil. Kana Oshito uses a series of short but curious stories to highlight the pronounced differences between doing business in the western hemisphere and carrying out the same in the Orient, to be precise, Japan. It has the authenticity of a true story with ingenuity in keeping this work culturally rich, with the local parlance right down to the minuscule details such as greetings. The characters are simple in construction, with the evident focus being on the series of stories that are short, direct, and exceptionally easy for us to pick up the key points with ease. Good Gaijin, Bad Gaijin is a must-read for first-time visitors to Japan who have intentions to set up shop there. The knowledge in this guide could be the difference between a disastrous sojourn and a rapid rise through the ranks.