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Read this hilarious memoir that details Howard's romp through four Japanese companies in his near-decade as an immigrant Tokyo salaryman. Find out what it’s like to be mentored by the wise office sake master and yellow-carded by the human resources department for having an “unrefreshing” desk, and discover the trap awaiting Americans on the Japanese driver’s license test course.


This fun, illustrated journey through Tokyo middle-class life is a street-level study of Japanese culture that world travelers, Japan tourists and lovers of office humor will guzzle down faster than a salaryman does his first beer after work.

healthcare mishaps
healthcare mishaps

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The foreign guest "Honey Trap"
The foreign guest "Honey Trap"

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called out for wasting water by my son
called out for wasting water by my son

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Interviews & Podcasts

"A true insider’s look at corporate Japan...a thoroughly entertaining read"

- The Japan Times


"Fun and relatable"

- Tokyo Weekender

"An excellent read"

- Ryu Tokyo

"Insightful and interesting "

- Books on Asia

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Introducing The Salaryman: Manga edition

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In this new monthly manga series based on the original book, Howard distills his decade spent as a "immigrant salaryman" into a hilarious comic book about Tokyo office life. Each issue is full of painfully funny and insightful truths about modern salaryman life, revealing much about the US–Japan culture gap.

Issue #1 is now available digitally on ComiXology and Amazon.

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