A Hard Day's Night

As soon as Kotaro Nohmura, an executive director of Taiyo Kogyo, an Osaka tent manufacturer, arrives home from work at nearly midnight, he looks in on his four children.

They are asleep, just as they were when he left for work at 7:30 that morning. A few fond glances are usually the only contact Nohrnura, 37, has with his two sons (7 and 4 months) and two daughters (5 and 9) during the week. Like most Japanese executives, his day starts early and ends only after a long night of business entertaining. Nohmura earns...

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