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July 6, 2020 updated

Realities of Restructuring Enterprise Organization in Japan:Frontlines of Industrial Relations

OH, Hak-Soo

Assistant Research director

Since the collapse of the economic bubble in the early 1990s, restructuring enterprise organization has been one of the most crucial developments affecting labor in Japan. Starting in 2007, I met with a number of workers individually in studies on resolution of individual labor disputes, and conducted interviews on the occurrence and resolution process of problems such as dismissal and worsening labor conditions. The case studies included those associated with corporate restructuring, which became an opportunity for me to find the realities of corporate restructuring as a research theme and start to conduct a full-fledged survey on it. Before that time, with the introduction of consolidated accounting system in the fiscal year ended March 2000, companies were strengthening group management, and restructuring of subsidiaries and sub-subsidiaries was actively carried out under the leadership of core companies. How is this restructuring affecting industrial relations at companies? It is one of the important labor research themes.

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