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.
Table of Contents
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
John Crump was formerly Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Stirling and Director of the Scottish Centre for Japanese Studies. He has now retired and lives in Scotland.
'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