As a collection of vignettes containing thoughts, impressions and experiences derived from years of observing life in the universities, industry and the world outside, this offers a unique insight into Japan's academic and industrial institutions and their relationship to society. There are also interesting cultural comparisons from the author's visits to other countries. Informative and thought-provoking yet light-hearted and humorous these articles spotlight different aspects of contemporary society. The articles stimulate ideas and the ability to see every-day events from alternative points of view. They provide perceptive, up-to-date insights into the minds of today's students and educators, employees and employers, civil servants and the government; and the influence they have on Japan's future educational and industrial structures. This highly enjoyable book is of great value to readers wanting an insight into the social and cultural structures behind today's industrial productivity in Japan.