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23/07/2007
5.5 x 8.5 (Hardcover)
5.25 x 8.25 (Paperback)

9781876843366

Toyota's Assembly Line

A View from the Factory Floor
by IHARA Ryoji
Japanese Society Series
Anybody who is a dedicated Toyota driver and admirer of the Toyota Production System would be shocked to read of Ryoji Ihara's experience as a casual worker in a Toyota factory in Japan. As the Toyota Motor Company continues on its inexorable march to become the world's biggest and most...

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Anybody who is a dedicated Toyota driver and admirer of the Toyota Production System would be shocked to read of Ryoji Ihara's experience as a casual worker in a Toyota factory in Japan. As the Toyota Motor Company continues on its inexorable march to become the world's biggest and most profitable carmaker, workers on the factory floor are still making sacrifices under the appalling conditions so graphically described in Satoshi Kamata's 1973 account, Japan in the Passing Lane: An Insider's Account of Life in a Japanese Auto Factory. Ihara's book is both a fearless exposure and a meticulous academic study firmly situated within the context of the sociology of labor. Drawing on recent theoretical debates in Japan as well as internationally, the author challenges widely held views on the respective roles of skill, supervision, and quality control in the car industry. Specialists in car industry research unable to access Japanese language sources should welcome this English translation of Ryoji Ihara's book, now with an additional chapter update. Yet, belying its academic intent, the work is written in a relaxed, entertaining style that should appeal to any reader with an interest in car making, the sociology of work, or Japanese society in general.

About Authors

IHARA Ryoji is Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies at Gifu University with specializations in labor sociology, business management theory and modern social theory.

He graduated from the Faculty of Commerce, Hitotsubashi University, and completed his PhD in Sociology at the Graduate School of Sociology of the same university. He is known for his research on the Toyota corporation and he has published several papers and books on Toyota’s production system.

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