chapter  4
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Shimizu Ikko's "Silver Sanctuary" (Gin no seiiki): A Japanese Business Novel

Translator's Introduction "I want to describe the many people who are directly involved in business," says Ikko Shimizu, pioneer of the industry novel (kigyo shosetsu), a sub-genre of the
WithTranslated and introduced by Tamae K. Prindle

As Shimizu notes, Japanese industry novels are 'tyoung," dating only to the mid-1960s. The distinctive feature of these novels is their "immediacy to the business world." The stories expose the internal mechanisms of business transactions and the mentality of the people involved, making technical information accessible to a lay audience and convincing even to economists.