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This introduction introduces the four papers of the special issue and places them in the wider context of the changes and challenges that Japan’s employment and HR systems have been confronting. The paper first discusses major challenges Japanese companies and the Japanese economy face such as...
In Japan, contract workers have never been on par with regular workers in terms of pay or benefits for similar work. However, the disparity between contract workers and regular workers has seen a sudden and dramatic turn for the worse since 2018 when the unintended consequences of the 2012...
The Japanese labour market has for long been sharply divided along the lines of gender and contractual status, with these attributes largely determining employment conditions. Yet, Japan’s demographic situation has led to labour shortages, and it needs to be asked whether companies can sustain...
The Japanese HRM practices and policies resulting from the compromises between labor, management, and the state emerged after WWII and coalesced in the 1960s. The subsequent emergence of a very cohesive, stable, and dynamic employment system is largely credited with playing an important role in...
The number of foreign workers at Japanese companies has increased in recent years. Whereas this trend has been promoted by the policies of the Japanese government, Japanese companies face many difficulties in cross-cultural management. This study aimed to reveal how Japanese managers can modify...
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