Business: Revolt of Mama-San

IF the Japanese workingman is a strike-proof model of corporate dedication, the Japanese worker's wife is a plant manager's dream. Not only is she conditioned by custom and culture to accept second place to the company in her husband's eyes, but she also dutifully fills her home with all those electrical gadgets that are so important to Japan's economy. Now the faint stirring of Japanese-style Women's Lib and consumerism threatens to change her buying habits.

Trouble began earlier this year when U.S. manufacturers charged that Japanese electronics firms were "dumping" color television sets on the American market at prices below those at...

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