Journal of Japanese Studies 35:1 (2009) Perspectives on Work, Employment and Society in Japan. Edited by Peter Matanle and Wim Lunsing. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2006. xiii, 271 pages. $85.00. Reviewed by Marcus Rebick Oxford University The last few years have seen an outpouring of books examining how much the "Japanese economic model" has changed.1 There is a general consensus that the 1990s and 2000s brought major changes in Japan but that Japanese economic institutions have maintained a distinctive character. The employment system is one example. The 1990s saw large-scale job cuts (although much was done through early retirement and attrition) and a sharp rise in the unemployment rate, especially noticeable among the young and more poorly educated. Although youth unemployment and withdrawal from the labor market have been features of most industrialized economies, Japan seemed to have been immune to these problems until the 1990s, when they suddenly came to the attention of the general public. Nevertheless, some of the well-known features of the Japanese employment system such as longterm employment for core employees appear to have survived thus far. This edited volume examines contemporary employment practices and attitudes toward work in Japan from differing disciplinary perspectives. Many
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