This book provides a history of Nikkeiren (the Japanese Federation of Managers' Organisations) and an account of post-war capitalist development in Japan. The author challenges the principal interpretations of how the economy functions revealing a darker side of Japanese capitalism in his examination of the roles played by class power, manipulation and mystification.
'I consider this book to be a well-researched and informative study, which is a valuable contribtuion to an understanding of Japanese capitalism and capital-labour relations in Japan.' - Japanese Studies
1. The Nature of Japanese Capitalism: Perceptions and Reality 2. Japan's Bosses in 1945: Knocked Down but not Knocked Out 3. We're All Workers Now: Ideological and Organizational Defence (1945-7) 4. Counter-Attack: Teaching the Workers Who Is Boss (1948-60) 5. Simultaneously Applying the Accelerator and the Brake: High Speed Growth and the Attempt to Rein in Wages (1961-73) 6. Seizing the Opportunity: Turning the Oil Shock to the Bosses' Advantage (1974-80) 7. No Room For Doubt: Japan in a Class of its Own (1981-1991) 8. Economic Downturn and Its Consequences: Labour Quiesence and Nikkeiren's Extinction (1992-2002) 9. Conclusions: Nikkeiren and Japanese Capitalism