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The japanese are likely to st ress a familial ideology within the association of commercial agencies, inciuding a feeling of hierarchical lop-to-bottom Integration, a~ hire various acquire i\(' representations - corporation flags, anthems, uniforms. and '\0 on - to bolster loyalty and obedience. This, Nakane argues, is a usually joponese WifoJ of doing issues and whereas this manner of doing issues has tailored to Industrialism it has additionally began to change the fiKe of commercial association. A! ; we have been writing thischapter, the newspapers said on a jap company e:t. ecuti\(' who had dedicated suicide becau5e he Iel t respoosible lor the agony inflicted on employees as a resul t 01'downsizing' within the wake of a up to date company recession. it's tough to visualize an American or eu exec utive feeling greater than a passing pang of regret over what she or he could regard as an uncongenial fiscal necessity, less resorting to so generally jap a reaction as protest SUicide. i j '" Chapter 6 A banquet in Nuyoo: humans and Their issues so much days Nuyoo Is a sleepy litde position, with humans leaving early within the morning to paintings of their box s and gardens and never returning until eventually overdue afternoon. In sharp contra5t are days while fiestas are held. Nuy ootecos continue an ela borate cult 01 the saints. with twenty. 4 se parate feasts celebrated annua lly. a few 01 those feasts final fOf so long as 3 days. For vital saints. ~U( h because the tONn shopper. Santiago. markets are held. ba5ketball tournaments are prepared. tricky processions are staged. and a clergyman involves city to provide a Mass. Key actors in all of this are the m~(J'"dom05. a guy and a girl. us ually husband and spouse. who're c. harged with organizing the cult actions and offering as many as nllll! separate food k>r the loads of individuals within the social gathering. simply because no loved ones can probably gather and get ready all of the foodstuff had to feed so fJl(Iny site visitors. Nuyootecos depend upon a method of reciprocal trade, Gliled $(! (I so'o, to finance the fiesta. Forthe one to 2 years beJore they carry their (MOn fiesta a cou ple will attend the fiestas backed ~ otller NlI)