The Dysfunctional Senpai Kohai Relationship: when the hierarchy fails

The Dysfunctional Senpai Kohai Relationship: when the hierarchy fails

Navigating the complexity of the Senpai Kohai relationship is one of the stepping stones of working in Japan. Senpai = senior. Kohai = junior. In theory, this is a two-way street that has its roots in Confucianism. The elders pass on their knowledge and experience to the younger ones. Seems fair, doesn’t it? Those with more experience and knowledge lead the way for those with less experience and knowledge. Unfortunately, I’ve noticed that these things are often determined by age and rank – not by ability, intelligence and capability. Continue reading The Dysfunctional Senpai Kohai Relationship: when the hierarchy fails