Salaryman – The “Ideal” Masculinity of Japanese Men

The term ” Salaryman” has its origin since the early 15th century. During this time, Japan obtained internal peace and the need for samurai was no more. The samurais then became white-collar workers for their clan administrator. However, it was not until the Second World War that the terms salaryman became popular, as the number of white-collar workers grew rapidly. After the Second World War, with the rise of white-collar workers and their work in stabilizing the Japanese economy after the war, the image of the salaryman became the ideal of masculinity for all Japanese men, the ideal of diligence and self-sacrifice that all men are striving to be. Continue reading