Joho Manga Links

These are articles about joho manga.

White-Collar Workers Are Heroes Too, with Manga
"Comic books glorifying the white-collar worker are unique to Japan."

Remasculinization of the Salaryman
NOTE: PDF file

BIG IN JAPAN: Salaryman Kintaro
Salaryman Kintaro; for making it cool to wear a cheap polyester suit again, we salute you.

The Noble Sarariman
However, apart from Madison Avenue publishing, the notion of sarariman as economic soldier has been a relatively stable theme in an array of Japanese media: from movies to television to commercials. More than any other communication form, however, it has been manga (or Japanese comics) that has helped reinforce this caricature. In the words of Yoshihiro Yonezawa, "when Japanese adults became avid manga readers in the mid-1970s, it was the white-collar employee ("salaryman") who was more and more the comic book hero.

Bringing Home the Sushi: An Inside Look at Japanese Business through Japanese Comics
"Bringing Home the Sushi contains selections from nine of Japan's most popular business manga, translated into English. This book allows Americans to enjoy some of the same stories that their Japanese counterparts are reading. It illuminates the human side of Japanese business revealing the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of Japan's salarymen (and women)."

The enhanced status of manga increased the possibility of producing manga magazines for more culturally-conservative readerships - for precisely the type of people which would not previously have wanted to read manga magazines. Commitment to shrinking traditional readerships and popular manga themes was gradually supplanted by conservative, political and social themes, which might appeal to a more political and culturally mature new manga readership.
Key concepts - the need to take individual and national 'responsibility', show 'strong leadership', reform political and corporate 'factionalism', and re- establish the Japanese military, - which were ubiquitous to political discussion during the 1990s (Ozawa 1994) featured strongly in the themes of adult manga series.

Adult Manga: Culture & Power in Contemporary Japanese Society, a book review. It says:
The most significant innovation in this period was the creation of a new politically conservative adult manga sub-genre called information manga (joho manga). As a result of this new pro-establishment sub-genre, the manga industry gained a more respectful and stable position within Japanese society, which aided in the revival as well as in the modernization of national businesses and institutions.

Dilbert with an attitude: Japan's new 'salaryman'
"If Salaryman Kintaro existed in the real world, he'd be sacked in three days.... In that sense, he's an unrealistic character. But when my readers see him doing that, they feel a release."

Division Chief Kosaku Shima
View a couple of sample pages of this popular manga.

Lanchester Press
A few business strategy articles by Shinichi Yano, author of several joho manga.

How Awesome Is Project X: Seven Eleven?
Review of this joho manga.

You Are a Sarariiman!
Or "salaryman." Whatever. Treadmill off, treadmill on. Most of the sleep you get is on Tokyo's extensive subway system, since you are putting in 14 hour days. You're a workaholic who works hard for no overtime. And vacations? Forget about it. You spend most of your trip hunting around for gifts to bring back all of your coworkers.

What's Your Japanese Subculture?

Drawing on Politics
Cartoons about politics in Japan range from single-frame editorial cartoons to thousands-of-pages-long story “manga.”

Podcast of a review of Project X 7-Eleven.