Tuesday, April 23, 2002 7:26 AM
Baseball star is Japanese graduates' ideal
- Move over, Mr Salaryman. The younger generation's company
employee swings a baseball bat, not a briefcase.
A recent survey found that 52 per cent of new graduates from
colleges and high schools considered Major League baseball
player Ichiro Suzuki to be the ideal company employee.
With the collapse of lifetime employment and the seniority
system in Japan, many young employees no longer swear unwavering
allegiance to their employers.
Instead, they view the company as just 'a place to gain knowledge
and learn skills that can be applied to the real world'.
The survey by the Japan Management Association polled 583
new employees who attended seminars it conducted on basic
models are changing among office employees in Japan, from
that of the loyal salaryman to that of the self-made baseball
hero Ichiro Suzuki. -- AFP
than half of the respondents who looked up to Mr Ichiro said
they admired the way he 'developed professional skills and
sought a place where he can make the most of them'.
The second most popular answer, chosen by 17 per cent of the
respondents, was 'a talented manager like Kosaku Shima', a
leading character in a cartoon.
However, the typical salaryman still has its supporters among
the young generation of employees.
According to the survey, 13 per cent said their ideal was
'a salaried worker who can complete assigned work on time'.
Seven per cent chose 'a researcher like bacteriologist Hideyo
Noguchi who pursued his research subject and published successful
Another 6 per cent said they wanted to emulate 'an entrepreneur
like Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates', while 4 per cent said
they idolised 'an effective executive like Carlos Ghosn of
Nissan Motor Co.'. --Yomiuri Shimbun/Asia News Network
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