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March 31, 2011 Employment Relations and Labor Movements in Japan
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Political Context Under the American influence since 1945 Population: 127 million; aging Political parties: Liberal Democratic Party (LDP): conservative, in power near half a century until Sept.2009 Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ): current largest party; center-left; current prime minister: Naoto Kan Japanese Communist Party (JCP): the fourth largest party Social Democratic Party (SDP, former Japanese Socialist Party)
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Economic Context The third largest economy in the world Import and Export dependent High economic growth until late 1980s; the “lost 1990s” Low unemployment until the 1990s
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Ideology Diverse political ideologies: strong influence of Marxist-Leninism especially in the 1960s In IR, cooperative labor-management relations dominate; thus stable
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Employers Familial basis of industrialization and groups of holding companies Japan Federation of Employer Associations
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