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Women's Employment in Japan

The Experience of Part-time Workers, 1st Edition

By Kaye Broadbent


172 pages

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The low status accorded to part-time workers in Japan has resulted in huge inequalities in the workplace. This book examines the problem in-depth using case-study investigations in Japanese workplaces, and reveals the extent of the inequality. It shows how many part-time workers, most of whom are women, are concentrated in low paid, low skilled, poorly unionised service sector jobs. Part-time workers in Japan work hours equivalent to, or greater than, full-time workers, but receive lower financial and welfare benefits than their full-time colleagues. Overall, the book demonstrates that the way part-time work is constructed in Japan reinforces and institutionalises the sexual division of labour.


'Women's Employment in Japan gives a detailed exposition of how part-time work in Japan is culturally and institutionally structured as the work of married women. … It presents a great deal of valuable information that is not easily accessible eslewhere in the English-language literature.' - The Journal of Asian Studies

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments List of tables and figures Chapter 1. Gendered employment tracks: 'part-time' versus 'life-time' Chapter 2. Conceptualising the feminisation of part-time work in Japan Chapter 3. Daiichi: Introducing the supermarket giant Chapter 4. 'With what I know, I should be a manager…' Chapter 5. 'When I get home, I have to be a mother…' Chapter 6. Power in the Union? Chapter 7. What can be said about part-time work in Japan? Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Kaye Broadbent lectures in the School of Industrial Relations, Griffith University. She co-edited Employment Relations in the Asia Pacific: Changing Approaches (2000). She has been a visiting researcher at the Insitute of Social Science, University of Tokyo. Her areas of interest include gender, work and unions in a comparative context.

About the Series

ASAA Women in Asia Series

The primary aim of this important series is to publish original, high quality work on all aspects of women in Asia. Submissions are welcomed from prospective authors, both new and established scholars, working in any appropriate discipline, and should in the first instance be sent to the series editor. Email: [email protected]


Editorial Board:

Hyaeweol Choi (University of Iowa)

Melissa Crouch (University of New South Wales) 

Michele Ford (The University of Sydney)

Trude Jacobsen (Northern Illinois University)

Tanya Jakimow (University of New South Wales)

Lenore Lyons (Independent scholar)

Vera Mackie (University of Wollongong)

Anne McLaren (The University of Melbourne)

Mina Roces (University of New South Wales)

Dina Siddiqi (New York University)

Andrea Whittaker (The University of Queensland)

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / Japan
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies