Best Study Manga for Young Entrepreneurs

Here are 5 “study manga” recommended for young businessmen. While knowledge gained from articles on the Internet and best-selling books in bookstores is important, sometimes the “knowledge” gained from a good manga is also important. From society to life, these are carefully selected mangas that are a must-read for businessmen.

Let’s learn business with study manga

Reading articles on the Internet or reading bestsellers that are prominently displayed in convenience stores or bookstores is great as a place to gain knowledge, but I personally think that there is more to learn from manga than you might think.

In this article, I would like to introduce five manga that businessmen in their 20s should read.

Naniwa Kinyuudou

5. Naniwa Kinyuudou

Published1990 to Mar 19, 1997
AuthorsAoki, Yuuji (Story & Art)

Naniwa Kinyuudou depicts the negative image of modern society in all its glory: “The world is tough” and “You will be cheated when you enter society.

Naniwa Kinyuudou is a monstrous work filled with case studies on tactics, fraud, crime prevention, and the law, all of which are difficult to learn. It is a classic in its depiction of the harsh underbelly of society.


4. Oishinbo

StatusOn Hiatus
PublishedSep 30, 1983 to May 19, 2014
AuthorsKariya, Tetsu (Story), Hanasaki, Akira (Art)

This work, “Oishinbo,” tends to cause problems due to its extreme expressions. As of the publication of this article, the series has even been halted due to the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident.

Being a very old and long serialized work, many younger people may not have had a chance to pick it up.

The part of this work that I personally find wonderful is that it powerfully articulates the standard of “deliciousness,” which is very difficult to articulate.

Of course, eating is a matter of personal preference, but I think it is necessary to have a standard of deliciousness to recommend to others.

As one would expect from one of Japan’s top best-selling comics, the first part of the manga is really interesting. I hope you will try reading just the volumes 1 out of 10.

Joou to Shitateya

3. Joou to Shitateya

PublishedJan 30, 2013 to Apr 30, 2015
AuthorsBeriko, Scarlet (Story & Art)

The main character who has mastered his trade in Naples, Italy (the home of the suit) guides his client’s life by taking on custom-made suit jobs.

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“Manufacturing” and “craftsmanship” are words often used in the Japanese business world.

It is often unfortunate to see the instant labeling of “craftsmanship” as “just because it is made by hand.

Rather, it is in the world of craftsmanship there is a hierarchy. And you should know where the pride of a craftsman and the essence of the quality of his work lies.

As you read through this manga, you will find that your awareness of the fact that you were just kind of buying a hanging suit will be slowly and gradually reformed.

 Investor Z

2. Investor Z

PublishedJun 13, 2013 to Jun 15, 2017
AuthorsMita, Norifusa (Story & Art)

Investor Z is about the world of investment. It provides a comprehensive insight into the world of modern business.

There are two types of thinking abilities needed in business. One is the ability to adapt to the field and optimize one’s work, and the other is the ability to make big decisions based on a bird’s-eye view of the industry.

This manga, which takes place in the setting of a junior high school student managing a huge budget, not only provides an introduction to investment knowledge such as futures, FX, stocks, etc. But also allows the reader to grasp the context of real-life contemporary business through the appearance of real entrepreneurs and managers. It is also a great way to get a realistic context of modern business with real entrepreneurs and managers.

Subsection Chief Shima Kosaku

1. Subsection Chief Shima Kosaku

PublishedMar 9, 2010 to Oct 8, 2013
AuthorsHirokane, Kenshi (Story & Art)

This is a story of a well-known office worker Kosaku Shima’s rise to the top.

He is overwhelmingly popular among women with his soft mannerisms, and there seems to be a lot to learn from the way of life of Kosaku Shima, a man who does not belong to any company faction always remains neutral and inclusive.

The Showa-style workplace is a large company. The so-called factions and the sense of reality can be felt, and the ability to grasp the context of the times (linked to real-life events) is an appeal unique to this super-long serialized work.

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As the series progresses through the ranks, it features characters who are outrageous and evil, but such people certainly exist in real life, don’t they?

It is a huge series, published in chronological order from the student version to the chairman version, with the subsection chief version starting in the order of serialization.

Many of you may have already read this well-known manga, but some younger readers may not have read it yet.

Manga is not just for fun

Manga can teach us about work, society, and the larger scheme of things in life.

You can’t say, “It’s just a comic book.

As a smart businessman, why don’t you try reading just one?

You may learn something that will change your life values forever.