Salaryman masculinity

The masculine stereotype of Japan, the salaryman, is an interesting concept; from the perspective of corporations it looks incredibly valiant and humane, while from a personal, family, or even an outsider perspective it appears to be machine-like, devoid of personality and happiness. The salaryman concept rationalizes not spending time with the family because the man has to provide for the family, so they rarely interact with them because the company they work for is the salaryman’s “actual family” and should be their main priority. This will lead to the salaryman feeling like he has led an unfulfilled life because the he will miss out on the human experience of meaningful relationships with others, instead devoting himself to a world where he can easily be discarded and replaced. Continue reading