Business: Japanese Labor's Silken Tranquillity

COMPARED with his blue-collar counterparts in the West, the Japanese worker is underpaid and overworked. Still he seems surprisingly contented with his lot. Rarely does the Japanese factory hand walk out on a long and costly strike. His energetic work habits are reflected in his country's productivity, which has been rising at an annual rate of 11.8%, helping to make Japan the world's fastest-growing industrial power. More and more Western businessmen are beginning to envy the tranquil relationship between Japanese labor and management.

All in the Family. Much of the reason for this productive peacefulness lies in the psychology of the Japanese...

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