Bushido is an ethical system based on the relationship between a samurai warrior and his overlord. The essential feature of this ethic is the relationship between the master and the vassal, with allegiance owed to the master by the samurai and care owed to the vassal warrior by the master. The master-vassal association, the core of Bushido, is reflected in the Japanese model of corporate management, in which employees exhibit a spirit of devotion to the company culture, while the company (the master) shows the employees mercy and sympathy in ways such as lifetime employment, the seniority-centered employment system, and the “ringi system” of decision making. The latter is based on the rule of consensus, which encourages employee teamwork and unity in spirit. Furthermore, it ...

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