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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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Weathering the Storms of Corporate Restructuring

Weathering the Storms of Corporate Restructuring

(p.205) 7 Weathering the Storms of Corporate Restructuring
Reworking Japan

Nana Okura Gagné

Cornell University Press

This chapter concentrates on the individuals whose lives could be described as “weathering the storms of corporate restructuring,” such as the lives of salarymen, Matsuda-san and Takagi-san, that were full of unexpected struggles with corporate changes. It introduces three individuals whose lives coincided and collided directly with Japan's corporate reforms. It also draws attention to the struggles and circumstances that highlight the individuals' tensions and desires as they struggled with recent corporate restructuring amid the changing global economy and Japanese society. The chapter talks about Fukuyama-san who became jobless late in his career after an unexpected layoff due to corporate restructuring and spent years looking for jobs and trying to make ends meet. It mentions Tanaka-san, who turned sixty years old and retired from his company in the spring of 2007 and Ōtsuka-san, who described himself as a “crushed person” when asked about his job.

Keywords:   corporate restructuring, salarymen, Japanese corporate reforms, global economy, Japanese society

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