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Japan's Wasted Workers
Japan's Wasted Workers
By Jon Woronoff
Allanheld, Osmun, 1983, 296 pp.

High productivity, lifetime employment and cooperative workers have played an important part in Japanese success. But there are also old-fashioned managements (especially in offices), less than eager workers, overstaffed enterprises (particularly in services and public enterprises), hidden unemployment, and corporate bureaucratization. Women are discriminated against, underpaid and underused. Woronoff, a business journalist who has lived in Tokyo a long time, even criticizes robotization and the Japanese educational system. In a book that appeared first in Japanese, he asks whether Japan will long be able to afford this kind of waste.