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Japan: The Paradox of Harmony by Keiko Hirata

By Keiko Hirata

Following a crushing defeat in global struggle II, Japan rose like a phoenix from the literal ashes to turn into a version of modernity and luck, for many years Asia’s most effective financial significant. but it continues to be a country hobbled by means of inflexible gender roles, protectionist regulations, and a protective, rigid company procedure that has helped result in political and monetary stagnation. the original social solidarity that enabled Japan to deal with adversity and enhance rapidly has additionally inspired isolationism, given upward push to an conceited and rigid paperwork, and avoided the rustic from addressing tough matters. Its tradition of tough work—in truth, overwork—is mythical, yet a declining inhabitants and regulations on chance threaten the nation’s future.
Keiko Hirata and Mark Warschauer have mixed completely researched deep research with attractive anecdotal fabric during this enlightening portrait of modern day Japan, developing a good and obtainable critique that addresses matters from the economic climate and politics to immigration, schooling, and the expanding alienation of jap youth.

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He’ll often stay in the office, finishing extra work or joining an obligatory drinking party with business partners, before catching the last train home. m. Toru works about 60 hours from Monday through Friday; but like his colleagues, he only declares some of his overtime work. The unpaid work (called ‘service overtime’) is considered necessary and obligatory at times of high demand. Like most salarymen, he rarely takes the two weeks of vacation he is offered, as he feels guilty about burdening his colleagues with extra work while he is away.

The revolution came to be known as the Meiji Restoration, since the emperor (Emperor Meiji, emperor of ‘enlightened rule’) was restored to power, even though the revolutionary leaders, who then became oligarchs, actually dominated politics in the Meiji period. Reversing the isolation of the sakoku period, the Meiji oligarchy reached out to the world aggressively. 11 However, continued fears of ‘the other’ dominated their policies. ’ In other words, they sought outside science and technology for the purposes of maintaining a strong nation and the ‘Japaneseness’ of the people.

In desperation, he turned to the firm’s labor union. The union director seemed supportive and sympathetic, but Japan’s labor unions are company-based and are often tied to a firm’s management. Such was the case with Olympus: even the union director pressured Hamada to see the company doctor. There was nobody left to turn to. Reluctantly, in 2008 Hamada sued Olympus for its unfair reprisals. In 2010, despite pressure from the judge, he refused to settle with Olympus. He then lost his case in the lower court.

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