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Women's Employment in Japan

The Experience of Part-time Workers

By Kaye Broadbent

Routledge – 2003 – 172 pages

Series: ASAA Women in Asia Series

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Description

The low status accorded to part-time workers in Japan has resulted in huge inequalities in the workplace. This book examines the problem in-depth using case-study investigations in Japanese workplaces, and reveals the extent of the inequality. It shows how many part-time workers, most of whom are women, are concentrated in low paid, low skilled, poorly unionised service sector jobs. Part-time workers in Japan work hours equivalent to, or greater than, full-time workers, but receive lower financial and welfare benefits than their full-time colleagues. Overall, the book demonstrates that the way part-time work is constructed in Japan reinforces and institutionalises the sexual division of labour.

Reviews

'Women's Employment in Japan gives a detailed exposition of how part-time work in Japan is culturally and institutionally structured as the work of married women. … It presents a great deal of valuable information that is not easily accessible eslewhere in the English-language literature.' - The Journal of Asian Studies

Contents

Acknowledgments List of tables and figures Chapter 1. Gendered employment tracks: 'part-time' versus 'life-time' Chapter 2. Conceptualising the feminisation of part-time work in Japan Chapter 3. Daiichi: Introducing the supermarket giant Chapter 4. 'With what I know, I should be a manager…' Chapter 5. 'When I get home, I have to be a mother…' Chapter 6. Power in the Union? Chapter 7. What can be said about part-time work in Japan? Notes Bibliography Index

Author Bio

Kaye Broadbent lectures in the School of Industrial Relations, Griffith University. She co-edited Employment Relations in the Asia Pacific: Changing Approaches (2000). She has been a visiting researcher at the Insitute of Social Science, University of Tokyo. Her areas of interest include gender, work and unions in a comparative context.

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Name: Women's Employment in Japan: The Experience of Part-time Workers (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Kaye Broadbent. The low status accorded to part-time workers in Japan has resulted in huge inequalities in the workplace. This book examines the problem in-depth using case-study investigations in Japanese workplaces, and reveals the extent of the inequality. It shows...
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