business title, equivalent of the western President
Typical number of years of service to the company: 40 years.
Typical age: 60+ years.
Also note that in the newer generation of more entrepreneurial small Japanese businesses the owner (and sometimes sole employee of the firm) may also take the title Shacho.
REFERENCES: Passport Japan (Dean Engel & Ken Murakami, ISBN 1-885073-17-8), Japan Investor Relations Association.