Japanese business title, equivalent of the western Section Chief or Head of Section

Typical number of years of service to the company: 17+ years.

Typical age: 40+ years.

The root of this title seems to be from the 17th century Tokugawa class system, where the head of the household and family was referred to as the Kacho.

REFERENCES: Passport Japan (Dean Engel & Ken Murakami, ISBN 1-885073-17-8) & Encyclopaedia Britannica.

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