JAPAN: Boy Meets Co-Worker

Like many Japanese executives, the heads of Mitsubishi like to consider their workers one big happy family. The combine's 260,000 employees are scattered among 27 member firms that make everything from diodes to diapers, but they can sing the company song, vacation at company resorts and enroll in Mitsubishi-sponsored haiku-writing and flower-arranging courses. Yet for years Mitsubishi executives have stewed over an insult to the ideal of togetherness: some 80,000 Mitsubishi workers are unmarried.

After a year of investigation, a top-level executive committee is now offering a combination of technology and tradition to close the gap. Mitsubishi's giant IBM System/370...

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