Definitions for salarymanˈsæl ə riˌmæn

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  1. salaryman(Noun)

    An employee, a worker; now especially a Japanese white-collar worker who works long hours and has an insignificant position within the corporate hierarchy.


  1. Salaryman

    Salaryman refers to someone whose income is salary based; particularly those working for corporations. It has gradually become accepted in English-speaking countries as a noun for a Japanese white-collar businessman. The word can be found in many books and articles pertaining to Japanese culture. Immediately following World War II, becoming a salaryman was viewed as a gateway to a stable, middle-class lifestyle. In modern use, the term carries associations of long working hours, low prestige in the corporate hierarchy, absence of significant sources of income other than salary and karōshi—'death from overwork.' The term salaryman refers exclusively to men; for women the term career woman or, for lower prestige jobs office lady is used.

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