''Japan, Inc.'' aka ''Manga Nihon Keizai Nyumon'' (an introduction to the Japanese economy) is a manga by Creator/ShotaroIshinomori (written 1986 to 1988). It's a non-fiction manga about the Japanese economy (also covering economics in general), mostly seen from the POV of several employees of the car firm Toyosan: The managers Tsugawa and Kudo, their boss Akiyama, their female coworker Miss Amamiya, and lower-rank guy Ueda. Originally serialized in the upscale business paper "Nippon Keizai Shinbun", the manga was published as an economics textbook by the University of California.


* AnAesop: Capitalism is good.
* BlandNameProduct: The car firms Toyosan, Mitsutomo, Chrysky; the US TV station CBN...
* ButtMonkey: Ueda
* UsefulNotes.{{Capitalism}}: Provides several of them as footnotes.
* CharacterDevelopment: Ueda starts as the somewhat goofy little employee, but he learns and seems to have grown some discipline at the end.
* {{Eagleland}}
* {{Foil}}: Tsugawa and Kudo. Tsugawa is your typical ruthless manager, Kudo is the social guy who thinks about the employees.
* ForeignFanservice: A stripper in a cowgirl costume.
* HappilyMarried: Kudo.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Tsugawa's wife.
* IWantGrandkids: Ueda's mom comments that Miss Amamiya has the right shape to get many children, hint hint.
* JerkAss: Tsugawa
* TheMafia
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Ueda has eight, and seven of them are sisters.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: Ueda's mother.
* PluckyComicRelief: Ueda
* PrivateDetective: Finds out that a big union boss is customer in an S&M club.
* {{Salaryman}}: The main characters
* TheSeries: There's an anime made in 1987/88 (25 episodes of 25 minutes each). You can also find it on Website/YouTube (at least, parts of it).
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Ueda has to correct his mother's impression that Miss Amamiya is this.
* {{Tsundere}}: Miss Amamiya has some of it.
* VisualPun: When Ueda admits he likes America, she comments: "He must be an alien." In this panel, he is drawn as The Franchise/{{Alien}}.
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Tsugawa
* YourCheatingHeart: Tsugawa has an affair with an Italian woman - and Kudo knows.