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Reworking JapanChanging Men at Work and Play under Neoliberalism$
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Nana Okura Gagné

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781501753039

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501753039.001.0001

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Working Hard at Having Fun Through Hobbies and Community

Working Hard at Having Fun Through Hobbies and Community

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Reworking Japan

Nana Okura Gagné

Cornell University Press

This chapter follows the working men's lives beyond the workplace, such as weekly volunteer cleaning in Tokyo Bay and marathon club activities. It introduces the vibrant space of the Bayside Half Marathon Club, whose active membership consisted of around fifty to sixty people who met regularly on weekends as well as after work. It also looks at the kinds of issues that arose in the club in terms of Japanese-style, highly managed leadership and provision for members versus laissez-faire-style, self-directed leadership that resonated with the kinds of tensions echoing in corporate hallways across Japan. The chapter explains how a leisure club like Bayside Half is deeply embedded in Japanese society as the social dynamics and ideologies resonate with those found in other leisure spaces and corporate spaces. It addresses the question on whether the highly institutionalized leisure space of a marathon club is a microcosm of corporate Japan.

Keywords:   working men, marathon club activities, Bayside Half Marathon Club, leisure club, Japanese society, corporate Japan

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