A Sociology of Work in Japan (Contemporary Japanese Society) by Ross Mouer, Hirosuke Kawanishi

By Ross Mouer, Hirosuke Kawanishi

This accomplished, introductory evaluation of the "world of labor" in Japan remembers post-war Japan to investigate the advance of commercial kinfolk and the japanese type of administration. It considers the alterations that came about within the early nineties whilst disillusionment set in and unemployment and fiscal lack of confidence grew to become proof of existence. The authors problem the preeminence of jap administration practices that have ruled the literature during the last 3 many years.

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Accordingly, social policy has often been treated within the broader confines of economic policy. A look at the membership of the Society for the Study of Social Policy will reveal that economists, labor law specialists, and scholars with specialized and/or practical knowledge of specific aspects of work organization have come to play a dominant role in various academic associations. Many of its members have served on one or more of the government’s many consultative committees (shingikai). ) Although the Society has moved away from an emphasis on pure basic research and philosophically reflexive concerns, the Society continues to be an influential professional body that brings together those interested in the organization of work at the macro level in Japan.

Much of the recent discussion of trade strategies in international forums is about the balance to be struck between working and living. Two general categories of concern are central 16 A context for studying work to any assessment of competing brands of capitalism. One is the way work is organized and relates to the right, the privilege, the opportunity, and/or the duty to work. The other involves the goals to be achieved through work. 5 Toward a superior work ethic? Several yardsticks are used to evaluate competing economic models.

The joy of working as much as possible), the appropriate response in societies wishing to compete may simply be to exhort their own workers to work longer or harder or with more commitment. If, however, Japanese work habits are seen to be the product of structures which reward and penalize workers The Japanese at work 19 for differences in hours worked, then there are questions about human rights at work, about the desirability of having international standards, and about the tradeoff between hours of work, productivity, and voluntariness.

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