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Labor Unions
  1. Rapid Rise of Labor Unions in Japan from 1945
  2. Postwar Japan's first Labor Laws
  3. Labor Strikes and Production Control
  4. Bloody May Day (May 1, 1952)
  5. Formation of Sōhyō (Japan General Council of Trade Unions)
  6. The Rise and Fall of Radical Union Activity
  7. Enterprise Unions in Japan
  8. The Miike Mine Strike
  9. Strikes Japanese-Style
  10. Who Can Strike in Japan
  11. Kinds of Strikes in Japan
  12. The Spring Labor Offensive (Shuntō)
  13. Enterprise Union Cooperation
  14. Privatization of Japan National Railway
  15. Rengō and the Merger of Japanese Labor Federations
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Workers standing outside in cold, holdig signs, protesting
Unionists picketing in opposition to a factory closure.
Photo Courtesy of Mitsumi Union.
Strikes Japanese-Style
Strikes take place for a limited period of time—a day or a few hours— at the beginning of bargaining. The strike is arranged in advance with management and is not intended to seriously disrupt production. Workers wear colorful headbands and carry signs as they march around the worksite. This type of ritual strike is meant to produce a show of force by workers in support of their bargaining demands. It also helps the workers break free of their normal cooperative relationship with management. Strikes of indefinite duration occur only if negotiations with the employer have completely broken down. Since the 1980s the number of labor disputes has steadily declined.
Special Terms: strike

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