By Kazuo Koike
This ebook denies the cultural strong point of eastern commercial kinfolk and economic climate, characterized by way of everlasting employment, seniority wages and firm unionism. the writer presents a completely new rationalization of eastern employees' excessive morale and Japan's awesome financial functionality which, he argues, effects from expert staff operating opposed to a heritage of excessive expertise. The argument of the ebook is predicated on in depth field-work, along with a sequence of interviews with veteran staff at the store flooring, and on an specific comparative research among the us and Japan.
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But if one looks at the way alterations are made, it becomes clear that a certain 'Seniority Wages'? 35 kind of age-wage profile, to which selected scales must conform, is a basic presumption, and is a presumption quite naturally rooted in an individual's customary expenditure pattern. 1 EGALITARIAN WAGES: DUAL STRUCTURE? Blue-collar and White-collar Wage Differentials The widely accepted concepts about seniority wages in Japan become unsustainable once satisfactory data sources have been examined.
The underlying reasons for this need to be inpaired into later. 5 Wages by Age and Length of Service in Japan and the UK All of the above observations were confined to the case of wages by age. The 1972 European survey does not provide statistics for wages cross-classified by age and length of service. Yet it is the interdependence between seniority wages and length of service which is emphasized in the case of wage structures in Japan. The number of wage increments does, needless to say, depend upon the length of service.
Even in West Germany the white-collar profile is quite different from the blue-collar wage distribution whose peak occurred in the thirties age group. 23 'Seniority Wages? 1. 1. A major point to be noted is that the Western European age-wage profiles for white-collar males resemble in shape the so-called 'classical' seniority wage profile for male blue-collar workers in large Japanese companies. The European peak wage indices are close to 200 for Italy and the Netherlands, around 180 for France and 170 for Belgium and the UK, while the flattest wage distribution in West Germany peaks at less than 160.