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Supermarket by Satoshi Azuchi
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Supermarket

by Satoshi Azuchi

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The novel concerns an emerging postwar economy in Japan modelled on the American grocery store. A considerable amount of poor senior management is compounded by embezzlement. It was unexpectedly candid in terms of men's emotions as well as corrupt employee practices. The story was engaging -- not a dry recitation of business practices in a grocery retail model. I read the book out of curiosity about this Japanese genre: the drama around business practices has apparently become a popular theme by Japanese authors (http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35125739). Satoshi Azuchi's novel was the only translated publication available in our library system. ( )
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A modern classic of literature in Japan, Supermarket is a novel of the human drama surrounding the management of a supermarket chain at a time when the phenomenon of the supermarket, imported postwar from the US, was just taking hold in Japan. 
 
When Kojima, an elite banker resigns his job to help a cousin manage Ishiei, a supermarket in one of Japan’s provincial cities, a host of problems ensue.  Store employees are stealing products, the books are in disaray, and the workers seem stuck in old ways of thinking.  As Kojima begins to give all his time over to the relentless task of reforming the store’s management, a chance encounter with a woman from his childhood causes him to ask the age-old question: is the all encompassing pursuit of business success really worth it? 
 
Sincere and naive in tone, Supermarket takes us back to a simpler, kinder time, and 
skillfully presents the depictions of its characters alongside a wealth of information concerning Japanese post WWII recovery and industrialization.
  

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After he resigns from his elite banking job to help a cousin manage a supermarket in post-World War II Japan, Kojima is challenged by a woman from his childhood to consider whether his business goals are worth his efforts.

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