By Ross Mouer, Hirosuke Kawanishi
This entire, introductory review of the "world of labor" in Japan recollects post-war Japan to investigate the improvement of business kinfolk and the japanese sort of administration. It considers the alterations that came about within the early nineties while disillusionment set in and unemployment and financial lack of confidence grew to become proof of lifestyles. The authors problem the preeminence of eastern administration practices that have ruled the literature over the past 3 many years.
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Monocultural), although internationalization and various internal forces for postmodernism seem to be producing greater flexibility at work than has been the case in the past. A second area of concern involves the shift from the clearly defined and easily measured goal of income maximization and more national GDP per capita to the nebulous goal of improving the standard of living and lifestyles. Workers have come increasingly to reassess their goals at work, both materially and psychologically.
7) What forces exist to change the way work is presently conducted in Japan? While no chapter will deal with all of these questions, it is the authors’ earnest desire that the volume as a whole will assist readers in formulating their own answers to the questions listed above. As in any introductory treatment, the brushstrokes are necessarily broad; significant details and some issues have been glossed over. Nevertheless, the authors have endeavored to provide a snapshot that will capture the complexities characterizing work organization in Japan.
Massive restructuring in large economic organizations has not stopped simply with the removal of waste. The overall belt-tightening in firms has resulted in more careful regulation of labor inputs and the intensification of work among those who remain in permanent employment. This has obviously affected the way work is organized in Japan. Many writers suggest that the new advances in information technology now drive a new kind of industrial revolution. 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.
A Sociology of Work in Japan (Contemporary Japanese Society) by Ross Mouer, Hirosuke Kawanishi