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- Employers plan tough wage stand
- JPN, Asahi Shimbun, [11 January
1996]. It will be the fourth straight year that Nikkeiren,
the Japan Federation of Employers' Associations, has
taken a no-wage-increase stand—although workers did
get increases the previous three years.
- Salaryman vs. the Yankee Invader: Once-Sure
Jobs at Risk as Ailing Japanese Firms Sell to U.S. Ones
- By Sandra Sugawara, The International Herald
Tribune, Paris, Wednesday 10 February 1999. The
plot: a U.S. company acquires a Japanese bank. Despite
years of loyal service, the Japanese employees receive an
ultimatum: Bring in new business or risk being fired.
- Tokai-Asahi alliance
- Editorial, Mainichi Shimbun, 8 October
1999. Asahi Bank and Tokai Bank plan for a joint holding
company is a sign that the consolidation of the
nation's banking sector is accelerating. But creating
a mega-bank to take on the world market is not the only
way to go. Holding companies [blamed in part for World War
II] are likely to become the preferred method for
consolidation in the financial sector.
- Overwork suicide ruling
- Editorial, Mainichi Shimbun, 25 March
2000. Ten years ago, the nation's largest advertising
agency, Dentsu Inc., formulated
10 ruthless rules,
one of which urges workers to stick with a project until
their objective has been reached, even if they must put
their lives on the line. This was a factor in the suicide
of one its employees.
- Microsoft workers dodge stock taxes
- Mainichi Shimbun, Wednesday 23 August
2000. About 150 executives and employees of Microsoft
failed to report about 7 billion yen in income they earned
for the three years to 1999 via stock options.
- Restructuring transfers many workers to
jobs from hell
- By Shinichi Yanagida, Mainichi Shimbun, 5
June 2001. Restructuring efforts aimed at pushing workers
to quit by dumping them into a hostile or useless work
environment is not the sole product of major video-game
manufacturer Sega Enterprises. Many businesses are still
trying to cut down staff numbers by assigning them jobs
with no meaning.
- Three arrested over union affiliate
- The Japan Times, 11 October 2001. Special
investigators, suspecting money was paid to gangsters who
were to stop parties close to UBC from making public
accounting irregularities at the firm, raided the Tokyo
office of UBC, a company with ties to the All Japan
Prefectural and Municipal Workers' Union