and 1990s and emphasized greater creativity and individualism as well as reduced hours of schooling. Another category of worker that needs to be considered in any survey of working life in Japan is the foreign worker. The study in this book, however, is a very focused examination of the role played by Filipino boxers and bar hosts in Japan by Nobue Suzuki with Sachi Takahata and is possibly a bit too restrictive a sample to draw any general conclusions. It is interesting to learn that Filipino boxers are paid to lose matches to Japanese boxers, but one wonders what is special about Japanese boxing that generates behavior that one does not find in, say, sumo. In the final chapter of the book, Leng Leng Thang looks at the growth in volunteer work, a topic that is not usually covered in surveys of the Japanese employment system, although it has attracted a great deal of interest recently for its role in the development of civil society. The author is most interested in the motivation of the senior citizens in Kobe that she studies. Volunteers appear to be motivated by the desire for self-sacrifice as well as a sense of
The Journal of Japanese Studies – Society for Japanese Studies
Published: Jan 15, 2009
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