My Time as a Japanese Salaryman

Dana Abbott Salaryman in Japan

This led to a period in my life when I became a Japanese salary man.

It’s just amazing how some things can come together. I always had an inner compulsion to become a “global citizen” and that desire brought me to Japan. So I immersed myself into their culture through the way of the samurai and started on my Japanese path of discipline. Within a short time my name began to be recognized in the tight circle of many famous instructors of Japanese swordsmanship. I found myself crossing swords with those instructors and then progressed to government and management officials. I began to earn their respect and praise and soon they accepted me. Many even said, “You are Japanese”, which is an extremely and rarely given complement.

This led to a period in my life when I became a Japanese salary man.

Upon acceptance they began asking for my opinions and to help them visualize how I saw their world from my Western point of view. At first, this was merely a question and answer session. Then I was asked to assess their subordinates. This led to a period in my life when I became a Japanese salary man.

I was retained by Marubeni Shoji one of Japan’s biggest global conglomerates. These companies run by Japanese are highly selective. Only the very best and brightest are considered for a position. Even though they have attained the position, many times they don’t know how to roll up their sleeves and do the job. This was especially true when a Marubeni Man would have to move abroad employing the Japanese business discipline they were trained for in a foreign climate.

It is imperative to develop a simple mindset and image that can be readily focused upon. The samurai sword has always been their image of strength, nationalism and discipline. Therefore it is easy to use a samurai sword as a common denominator and as a visual to train from which has been very successful for Japanese companies and has now crossed the ocean to inspire American companies looking for the same type of success/discipline for their employees.

Upon completion of the training program reports were written and evaluations taken on each individual. In these reports I pointed out their strengths and weaknesses, which I either expanded on or corrected. These written reports enabled management to determine if that particular employee was a good fit for their department.

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Dana Abbott
Black Belt Hall of Famer', Shihan Dana Abbott, has spent thirty-nine years in extensive study learning the ways of the Japanese sword, including 14 years in Yokohama, Japan. After graduating from Arizona State University in 1978, Shihan Abbott became a world traveler. In Japan he began his kendo/martial arts studies at Nihon Taiiku Daigaku. In addition, his bladed weaponry experience is extensive and well polished. He has taught and conducted seminars in over 30 countries. Shihan Dana Abbott is honored to hold the esteemed rank of Shihan 7th Dan, obtained at the Hombu Dojo in Yokohama, Japan.