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Mitsubishi Interpretation

What Mitsubishi really had in mind became quite clear to me after a few months working for them. When Sensei Satoshi Murata and Yoshonori Kondoh started their written arguments in court, I think they must have been surprised by Mitsubishi's arguments initially. However, both are brilliant and it didn't take them much to understand why Mitsubishi did what it did. Unfortunately, I have found that not everyone can understand that it is not just an ordinary racial discrimination case. Now, if you are ready, scroll down to the bottom to read a brief explanation of what Mitsubishi had in mind.
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>> Why?

I believe I have given you enough hints on this site to why I was hired. Someday, when I revamp this site, I will go in details but for most of you the following will suffice.

Mitsubishi erroneously concluded that I had the misfortune of not able to get the US Permanent Residency ("Green Card") and therefore was fair game for them to conduct a modern day experiment. (My high verbal scores on GRE and GMAT, and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) background were factors too.)

Problem for them was how to bring me to Japan. My reluctance to go to Japan to work for them was understood by Mitsubishi, and therefore, it became important for them to coerce me though my contact in Japan.

Mitsubishi, of course, didn't care about my expertise and skills in financial areas and my career goals. The only thing that mattered to it was that I am an Indian with some of my technical background in computers with undergraduate degree from IIT, Bombay which a very selective school in India.

Around 1988, when I was hired, there was high expectation for the growth of Japan. Especially troubling to a company like Mitsubishi was lack of software engineers in Japan, that could impede its growth. While some low-level jobs could be exported to countries like India, more influx of software developers to Japan was needed to handle more complex projects. A graduate of IIT was well-suited for that task.

However, the main problem was the language. Indians, in general, don't know Japanese, and lack of their Japanese can slow down the their productivity and it can be quite expensive to train them in Japanese language. Mitsubishi had started thinking of hiring a few Westerners too in Japan on a trial basis but we all know that their high salaries, big houses, high cost of Japanese language training can be quite prohibitive.

Therefore, the top-brass of the company decided to conduct an experiment. The risks seemed minimal. The benefits were not that much but it surely was fun for them.

The above was I believe they all convinced each other. On a deeper evel, it was just the thrill of power plus racism plus jealousy.

Note: I plan to write a more detailed interpretation, in a few months. That should answer any lingering questions you might have.