17 Dec '11, 9pm

Lady, boss

When she was offered her current role as the country chief of American Express (Amex) Singapore, Ms Yoshimi Nakajima took one night to accept the job, even though she knew right away that she wanted it. "My boss, he said, 'Yoshimi, good news - you can go to Singapore as a country manager. It's a promotion, congratulations.' 'Thank you very much, but first, I'd like to talk to my husband'," relates the 54-year-old Tokyo-ite who moved to Singapore with her husband in September to assume her role. Lest the gesture be misread as wifely deference, Ms Nakajima clarifies that the tradition of not saying "yes" immediately to a promotion is a unique way in corporate Japan "to show politeness". It also cuts across gender. "But (the boss) knew I'd take it. And I immediately made a call from the office to my husband, 'We can go to Singapore!' And he was so happy," she recalls with a s...

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