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  1. The Work Group
  2. Office Arrangements
  3. Office Ladies (OL)
  4. Enterprise Unions in Japan
  5. Enterprise Union Cooperation
  6. Strikes Japanese-Style
  7. Sexual Harassment
  8. Separate Surnames for Married Couples
  9. “Mighty” Women: Police and the Military Self Defense Force
  10. Ama (Female Diver)
  11. Who Farms in Japanese Farm Households?
  12. San-Chan Nōgyō
  13. The Changing Income of Farm Households
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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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