Neko-no Rusu-ni Nezumi-ga Abareru

(= When the cat’s away, the mice will play.)


(Scary Cat! If he is gone…)


(this happens!)

 Usually “a cat” in this proverb stands for “some authority” while “mice” for “subordinates.” That is, subordinates will take advantage of circumstances in the absence of a controlling entity.

 (Example) When the teacher left for a few minutes, the children nearly wrecked the classroom. When the cat’s away, the mice will play. Jill: You shouldn’t bereading a novel at your desk. Jane: But the boss isn’t here. And when the cat’s away, the mice will play. [McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. 2002. ]  

In today’s business world, however, their business ends up failing in the long run when this situation occurs, according to “Business Giants/Critics.” 

If You Are A Boss,

Your Business Is Doomed.

If You Are A Subordinate,

Your Life Is Doomed.

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