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01/11/2007
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9781876843441

Escape from Work

Freelancing Youth and the Challenge to Corporate Japan
by KOSUGI Reiko
Japanese Society Series
Escape from Work is about an important evolution which has been occurring in the Japanese labor market over the past decade. As Japanese came to enjoy higher levels of affluence in the late 1980s and early 1990s, attitudes towards work and life course began to change. At the same time,...

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Escape from Work is about an important evolution which has been occurring in the Japanese labor market over the past decade. As Japanese came to enjoy higher levels of affluence in the late 1980s and early 1990s, attitudes towards work and life course began to change. At the same time, globalization and heightened competition have accelerated the casualization of work in Japan. The furiitaa, young people who are free-lance, long-term 'casuals,' are less committed to their employers and employment than is the norm in Japan. Based on rich interview data and extensive surveys, author Reiko Kosugi documents the increase in the number of casual workers in Japan over the past two decades and looks at their demographics. This study explores ways in which young persons falling outside the normal pattern of transition from school to employment might better be incorporated into Japan's world of regular, full-time employment. At the same time, Kosugi calls for a reappraisal of the rather negative way in which those in the labor market hiring casuals have been traditionally conceived, and recommends acceptance of that market as a means of providing viable career and lifestyle options for the Japanese in the 21st century.

About Authors

KOSUGI Reiko is a Japanese scholar whose field of study is educational sociology. She holds the position of Researcher at the Japan Institute for Labor Policy and Training. She graduated from the Department of Sociology, University of Tokyo, in 1975, and completed her PhD in Education at Nagoya University in 2009. Her research interests include career development for young people.

 

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