Industrial Relations in Japan — Organizational Patterns and Development Trends

  • Friedrich Fürstenberg


The success story of the Japanese export industry has coloured foreign views of Japanese industrial relations. An ambivalent perspective prevails: the high level of productivity-oriented management-labour co-operation is stressed while at the same time the manipulation and dependence of workers are deplored. Thus, any objective evaluation still has to cope with a distorted concept of Japanese industrial relations as being marked by a tame workforce ’trained’ to further managerial interests, which are focused upon marketing strategies. There are four major sources of such distortion:
  • the focus upon large companies and their unions;

  • the focus upon permanent male employees in these companies;

  • the focus upon work-related aspects of their life situation;

  • the focus upon one-dimensional models of Japanese society.


Collective Bargaining Industrial Relation Wage Differential Union Membership Wage Increase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Friedrich Fürstenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Soziologisches SeminarUniversität BonnBonnGermany

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