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Expatriates in Japanese Firms
Experiences and Expectations of Workers from China and Vietnam

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ISBN 9781032018614
April 22, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

Focusing on the experiences of foreign employees working in Japanese firms, this book identifies the trends and realities facing both expatriates and firms in the current landscape of the Japanese labour market.

By utilising interview data from both expatriates and Japanese HR staff this study identifies that self-initiated expatriates often don’t remain in Japanese firms for long and highlights the main factors that influenced their decisions to leave; including difficulty adjusting to Japans lifetime employment system, seniority-based pay, and the prevalence of unpaid overtime. The book reveals that whilst Japanese firms are adjusting to improve the retention of foreign employees, there remains a clear expectation gap between both sides. Moreover, it outlines further potential adjustments that could be implemented to reduce the turnover rate of expatriates and create a more harmonious workplace for both expatriates and local employees, an urgent challenge for Japan as it faces labour shortages.

Featuring an in-depth exploration of first-hand experiences from direct testimonies of expatriates in Japanese firms, this book will be a valuable resource to academics and students of Japanese studies, human resource management and organisation studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Foreign Labour in Japan and the Circumstances Surrounding It 2. Cross-Cultural Adjustment of Expatriates: Contexts of Japan and Overseas 3. The Japanese Traditional HRM System: The Current System in Japanese Firms and Their Overseas Subsidiaries 4. Expectations of Japanese firms and Chinese/Vietnamese Expatriates: The Japanese Traditional HRM System 5. Experiences of Chinese and Vietnamese Expatriates: Work Cultural Adjustment 6. Expectation Gap and Hardship in Japanese Firms 7. Conclusion: Lessons from the Current Phenomena and Future Implications

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Chie Yorozu is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at Aoyama Gakuin University, the School of Business, Japan.