Kachō Kōsaku Shima

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Kachō Kōsaku Shima
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Section Chief Kōsaku Shima featured in the cover of Weekly Morning
(Kachō Shima Kōsaku)
Kōsaku Shima Series
Written by Kenshi Hirokane
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Morning
Original run 1983 – present
Volumes 72

Section Chief Kōsaku Shima (Japanese: 課長島耕作 Hepburn: Kachō Shima Kōsaku?) is the first in a number of Japanese manga series, by Kenshi Hirokane, about a fictional salaryman named Kōsaku Shima. The series ran from 1983-1992 under this title, winning the 1991 Kodansha Manga Award in the General category.[1]

It depicts the life of a salaryman, a Japanese white-collar worker who devotes his life to his company. The manga have been translated from Japanese into English (partially; through Kodansha Bilingual Editions), French and German. In addition to various manga there has also been one comedic ONA, and two comedic anime adaptations lasting 11 episodes each, a live action film, and a single episode TV drama. The character also acts as the "host" or framing device for a business documentary series on NHK World, Shima Kosaku's Asian Entrepreneurs.

At the start of the long-running series, Shima Kōsaku is a kachō, or section chief, of a huge conglomerate, Hatsushiba Electric. He is later promoted to buchō (division chief) and eventually promoted to manager and executive-director, and with each promotion the title of the series changed as well. He was promoted to the president of Hatsushiba Electric, and the title changed to "Shachō" Shima Kōsaku, which means "President Kōsaku Shima". The fictional conglomerate is modeled after Panasonic, or Matsushita Electric, where Hirokane worked before and is highly accurate in its portrayal of Japanese corporate culture.


  • Kachō Shima Kōsaku (課長島耕作, "Section Chief Kōsaku Shima") 1983-1992: 17 volumes
  • Buchō Shima Kōsaku (部長島耕作, "Manager Kōsaku Shima") 1992–2002: 13 volumes
  • Torishimariyaku Shima Kōsaku (取締役島耕作, "Assistant Director Kōsaku Shima") 2002–2005: 8 volumes
  • Jōmu Shima Kōsaku (常務島耕作, "Director Kōsaku Shima") 2005–2006: 6 volumes
  • Senmu Shima Kōsaku (専務島耕作, "Executive Director Kōsaku Shima") 2006–2008: 5 volumes
  • Shachō Shima Kōsaku (社長島耕作, "President Kōsaku Shima") 2008–2013: 16 volumes
  • Kaichō Shima Kōsaku (会長島耕作, "Chairman Kōsaku Shima") 2013–present: 7 volumes


  • Young Shima Kōsaku (ヤング島耕作, "Young Kōsaku Shima") 2001–2010: 8 volumes
  • Kakarichou Shima Kōsaku (係長島耕作, "Subsection Chief Kōsaku Shima") 2010–2013: 4 volumes
  • Gakusei Shima Kōsaku (学生島耕作, "Student Kōsaku Shima") 2014–present: 3 volumes

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  1. ^ Joel Hahn. "Kodansha Manga Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on 2007-11-21. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 

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