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Labor Markets and Firm Benefit Policies in Japan and the United States$
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Seiritsu Ogura, Toshiaki Tachibanaki, and David A. Wise

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226620947

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226620954.001.0001

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The Recent Transformation of Participatory Employment Practices in Japan

The Recent Transformation of Participatory Employment Practices in Japan

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(p.39) 2 The Recent Transformation of Participatory Employment Practices in Japan
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Labor Markets and Firm Benefit Policies in Japan and the United States
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Takao Kato

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226620954.003.0003

This chapter presents findings from the most recent research on the transformation of participatory employment practices of Japanese firms in the 1990s, during which the Japanese economy slowed down considerably. It shows that participatory employment practices appear to be generally surviving the economic slowdown of the 1990s, whereas subtle yet potentially important changes in their attributes are taking place. The chapter is organized as follows. Section 2.2 provides an overview of the scope, nature, and effects of participatory employment practices in postwar Japan (including quantitative evidence on evolving practices in the 1990s). Section 2.3 presents findings from field research on the responses of Japanese firms in their use of participatory employment practices to the economic slowdown in the 1990s, and Section 2.4 concludes.

Keywords:   participatory employment, Japanese firms, economic slowdown, employment practices

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