If asked to describe a typical contemporary Japanese man the majority of Westerners will probably talk about a salaryman. And, indeed, he is an iconic image of modern Japan. A "corporate warrior" dressed in a dark business suit. He works long hours. He is loyal to his company. The salaryman is an embodiment of the Japanese hegemonic masculinity, i.e. the dominant ideal of manhood in Japan. He and his culture are a subject of numerous studies.
Salaryman masculinity is...more »