The Corporate Samurai Are Getting Less Loyal

U.S.-style job mobility is replacing lifetime employment

Fumitako Konno is prime material for the corporate machine that is Japan Inc. Young and ambitious, Konno has the credentials from Keio University that companies from Sony to Mitsui prefer when hiring junior executives. But Konno doesn't think a lifetime job at some Japanese company will give him the thorough grounding in management that he craves. So he's joining Andersen Consulting. And he cheerfully anticipates working for several different firms, both Japanese and foreign, in the decades to come.

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