By Ross Mouer, Hirosuke Kawanishi
This accomplished, introductory review of the "world of labor" in Japan recollects post-war Japan to investigate the improvement of business family and the japanese variety of administration. It considers the alterations that came about within the early nineties while disillusionment set in and unemployment and monetary lack of confidence grew to become evidence of lifestyles. The authors problem the preeminence of eastern administration practices that have ruled the literature during the last 3 many years.
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Extra resources for A Sociology of Work in Japan (Contemporary Japanese Society)
Less prominently noted is the fact that these changes in the economy’s technological base are requiring new levels of capital accumulation for another takeoff and for the sustained growth that is meant to follow. Accordingly, for the foreseeable future, work organization is likely to be characterized by the ongoing change needed to sustain a process of capital formation and accumulation. The changes required for the necessary savings to be achieved may be seen in various social developments. One is the growing inequality in the distribution of income.
Totsuka Hideo, Hyodo Tsutomu, Nakanishi Yo, and Yamamoto Kiyoshi responded by forming the Labor Movement Researchers’ Group (Rodo Undo Kenkyusha Shudan) in October 1976. Twice a year they published important summaries of their research and views in special issues of Gekkan Rodo Mondai, and called for union organizers to participate in the search for a new leftist-oriented theory of the union movement. However, the union 1 The term roshi kankei is written in two ways in Japanese. One uses the character for shi which indicates rodosha-shihonka kankei (the relations between workers and capitalists).
Nevertheless, the authors have endeavored to provide a snapshot that will capture the complexities characterizing work organization in Japan. They welcome any feedback and hope there will be an opportunity to revise their thinking in future writings on work in Japan. 1 Perspectives on work in Japan Scholars researching the organization of work in Japan can be characterized in terms of their interaction with eight scholarly traditions. Each grouping has had its own traditions, professional associations, and publishing outlets.