Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Contesting Precarity in JapanThe Rise of Nonregular Workers and the New Policy Dissensus$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Saori Shibata

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749926

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749926.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Cornell University Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Cornell University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in Cornell for personal use. date: 28 July 2021

Precarious Labor Power and Japan’s Neoliberalizing Firms

Precarious Labor Power and Japan’s Neoliberalizing Firms

Chapter:
(p.71) 4 Precarious Labor Power and Japan’s Neoliberalizing Firms
Source:
Contesting Precarity in Japan
Author(s):

Saori Shibata

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501749926.003.0005

This chapter presents four case studies documenting ways in which Japan's precarious workers have mobilized in opposition to Japanese employers, and some of the effects that the workers have had in doing so. Nonregular workers face working conditions characterized by precarity, lack of bargaining power, low wages, and a rapid turnover of employment. Nevertheless, these case studies illustrate a number of important ways in which, through collective action, nonregular workers in Japan have been able to impose a number of sanctions on employers and receive a range of important concessions. This has led to changes in corporate governance, better treatment of workers, the payment of unpaid wages, and improved employment security. In some cases, solidarity among precarious workers has led to the collapse of temporary employment agencies (temp agencies), clearly demonstrating that workers' acts of refusal can generate changes in employment practices.

Keywords:   Japanese employers, Japanese nonregular workers, collective action, Japan, employment security, temporary employment agencies, employment practices

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.