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Manga / Japan, Inc.

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Japan, Inc. aka Manga Nihon Keizai Nyumon (an introduction to the Japanese economy) is a manga by Shotaro Ishinomori (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.


  • Character Development: Ueda starts as the somewhat goofy little employee, but he learns and seems to have grown some discipline at the end.
  • Foil: Tsugawa and Kudo. Tsugawa is your typical ruthless manager, Kudo is the social guy who thinks about the employees.
  • Gorgeous Gaijin: A stripper in a cowgirl costume.
  • I Want Grandkids: Ueda's mom comments that Miss Amamiya has the right shape to get many children, hint hint.
  • The Series: There's an anime made in 1987/88 (25 episodes of 25 minutes each). You can also find it on YouTube (at least, parts of it).
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Ueda has to correct his mother's impression that Miss Amamiya is this.
  • Visual Pun: When Ueda admits he likes America, she comments: "He must be an alien." In this panel, he is drawn as The Alien.