Economic struggle of the working class of Japan
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- Workers get the shaft in Mitsui coal mine
- Asahi Shumbun, 18 February 1997. In 1960,
Mitsui Coal Mining Co.'s Miike mine in Omuta,
Fukuoka Prefecture, was the scene of the biggest labor
dispute in Japan's postwar history.
- Unions win real increases
- ICEM Update, 10 June 1997. Statistics
compiled by the ICEM Japanese Affiliates' Federation
(ICEM-JAF) for affiliated unions in its sectors.
- The Future of Trade Unions in Japan
- By Hiroyuki Fujimura, Professor, Faculty of Business
Administration, Hosei University, Japan Institute of
Labour, 1 July 1998. Chief executive officers in
Japanese companies have unchecked power to make
decisions. Unions might be the last resort for checking top
management policy-making. We may be witnessing the emergence
of a new form of corporate governance.
- Japan's labour unions warn of militant
- By Anthony Rowley, Labor News, 23 March 1999. As companies
such as Sony Corp begin shedding thousands of workers under
corporate restructurings amid a prolonged economic slump,
Japan's normally docile labour unions have warned of
militant action if lifetime employment becomes a thing of
- Workers must fight against layoffs
- By Kazuo Kojima, Mainichi Shimbun, Friday 17
December 1999. The heady days of unionism are long gone, and
in recent years, tens of thousands of the nation's
workers have been sacked under the guise of restructuring,
or risutora in Japanese.
- The rise and fall of Japan's labor
- By Scott Gordon, Daily Yomiuri, 5 March
2000. As historian Andrew Gordon makes perfectly clear, the
steel unions of today would never strike to enforce and win
their demands, because management has completely co-opted
and subjugated the union and the workers.
- Weak unions, weak economy
- By Kiroku Hanai, The Japan Times, Monday 25
September 2000. In hard times such as these, unions should
be a bastion of support for rank-and-file workers. In
reality, however, workers are generally unwilling to resolve
their problems through their unions.