Section One: Books and Dissertations
Books published before 1970
- Abegglen, James C.(1958):The Japanese Factory. Glencoe, Illinois: The Free Press.
- Ayusawa, Iwao F. (1966):A History of Labor in Modern Japan. Honolulu: East-West Center Press.
- Bennett, John W. and Iwao Ishino(1963): Paternalism in the Japanese Economy: Anthropological Studies of Oyabun-Kobun Patterns, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
- Cook Alice H. (1966):Japanese Trade Unionism. Ithaca: Cornell University.
- Farley, Miriam S. (1950): Aspects of Japan's Labor Problems, New York: The John Day Company.
- Levine, S.B. (1959):Industrial Relations in Postwar Japan. Urgana, IL: University of Illinois Press.
- Marshall, Byron K. (1967): Capitalism and Nationalism in Prewar Japan. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
- Whitehill, Arthur M. and Shin-ichi Takezawa (1968):The Other Worker: a Comparative Study of Industrial Relations in the United States and Japan.Honolulu: East-West Center Press.
- Carlile, Lonny E. 2005. Divisions of Labor: Globality, Ideology, and War in the Shaping of the Japanese Labor Movement. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
- Cohen, Theodore (1987): Remaking Japan: The American Occupation as New Deal. New York: Free Press.
- Faison, Elyssa. (2007) Managing Women: Disciplining Labor in Modern Japan. University of California Press.
- Garon, Sheldan (1987): The State and Labor in Modern Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- This books examines the influence of Western thoughts on social bureaucrats of Home Ministry and the efforts of these bureaucrats to "modernize" labor relations in the 1920s and 1930s.
- Gibbs, Michael H. (2000): Struggle and Purpose in Postwar Japanese Unionism. Japan Research Monograph, Institute of East Asian Studies University of California, Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies.
- Gordon, Andrew (1985): The Evolution of Labor Relations in Japan: Heavy Industry, 1953-1955. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
- This book examines the emergence of industrial relations in large factories in the Meiji Japan and how conflicts and compromises between workers and managers shaped the development of labor relations in the pre-WWII period.
- Gordon, Andrew (1991): Labor and Imperial Democracy in Prewar Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- This book examines the development of social and labor movements from 1905 to 1940. The analysis of the book is based on a case study of Nankatsu, an industrial region in Downtown Tokyo.
- Hazama, Hiroshi (1997): The History of Labour Management in Japan, translated by Mari Sako and Eri Sako, Macmillan Press Ltd.
- Kinzley, W. Dean (1991): Industrial harmony in modern Japan: the invention of a tradition. London: Routledge.
- Large, Stephen (1972): The Rise of Labor in Japan: The Yuaikai, 1912-1919. Tokyo: Sophia University Press.
- Large, Stephen (1981): Organized Workers and Socialist Politics in Interwar Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Marsland, Stephen (1989): The Birth of the Japanese Labor Movement: Takano Fusataro and the Rodo Kumiai Kiseikai. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
- Moore Joe (1983): Japanese Workers and the Struggle for Power, 1945-1947. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press.
- This book examines the radical labor movement in the second half of the 1940s and the reaction of managers, the state, and SCAP to the labor movement.
- Nimura, Kazuo (1997): The Ashio Riot of 1907: A Social History of Mining in Japan. Translated by Terry Boardman and Andrew Gordon Durham: Duke University Press.
- Scalapino, Robert A. (1983): The Early Japanese Labor Movement: Labor and Politics in a Developing Society.Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
- Tsurumi, E. Patricia (1990): Factory Girls: Women in the Thread Mills of Meiji Japan. Princeton University Press.
- Yamamoto, Mari. 2004. Grassroots pacifism in post-war Japan:the rebirth of a nation.
Industrial Relations and Labor Politics since the 1950s
- Aspinall, Robert W. (2001) Teachers' Unions and the Politics of Education in Japan.
New York: State University of New York Press.
- Allen, Matthew (1994): Undermining the Japanese Miracle: Work and Conflict in Coalmining Community, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Altmann, Norbert and Helmut Demes, eds. (1992):New Impacts on Industrial Relations: Internationalization and Changing Production Strategies. Munich: Indicium Verlag.
- Berggren, Christian and Masami Nomura (1997): The Resilience of Corporate Japan: New Competitive Strategies and Personnel Practices.
London: Paul Chapman Publishing.
- Bergmann, Joachim and Shigeyoshi Tokunaga, eds. (1987):Economic and Social Aspects of Industrial Relations: a comparison of the Germany and the Japanese systems.Frankfurt/Main: Campus Verlag.
- Chalmers, Norma J. (1989):Industrial Relations in Japan: the Peripheral Workplace, London: Routledge.
- Cole, Robert E. (1971): Japanese Blue Collar: the Challenging Tradition. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Cusumano, Michael (1985): The Japanese Automobile Industry: Technology and Management at Nissan and Toyota Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Council on East Asian Studies.
- Dore, Ronald (1973): British Factory-Japanese Factory: the Origins of National Diversity in Industrial Relations. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- This book compares industrial relations in British Electric and Hitachi and shows that industrial relations in Hitachi was more organization- and community-based than those in British Electric. The book proposes the famous "late development thesis" that industrial relations in early-developed countries such as Britain would develop in the direction of those in late-developed countries such as Japan.
- Dore, Ronald (1986): Flexible Rigidities: Industrial Policy and Structural Adjustment in the Japanese Economy 1970-80. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.
- Dore, Ronald (1987): Taking Japan Seriously. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.
- Delbridge, Rick (1998): Life on the Line in Contemporary Manufacturing: the Workplace Experience of Lean Production and the 'Japanese' Model, Oxford University Press.
- Duke, Benjamin C. (1973): Japan's militant teachers: a history of the left-wing teachers' movement, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
- Gordon, Andrew (1998): The Wages of Affluence: Labor and Management in Postwar Japan. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
- This book examines industrial relations in NKK (the second largest steel firm in Japan) since 1945 (particularly 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s). The book analyzes factional conflicts within the NKK Union over union policies and how management intervened in internal union politics in favor of the pro-management faction. Unlike other studies that tend to emphasize harmonious union-management relations, this book sheds light on tensions within the union as well as between workers and managers even after pro-management union leaders and management firmly established harmonious relations in the mid-1960s.
- Hagan, Jim and Andrew Wells, eds.,(1994):Industrial Relations in Australia and Japan. Allen & Unwin.
- Hanami, Tadashi (1979):Labor Relations in Japan Today. Tokyo: Kodansha International Ltd.
- Hancock, Keith, et al., eds., (1983): Japanese and Australian labour markets: A comparative study. Canberra and Tokyo: Australia-Japan Research Center.
- Harari, E. (1973): The Politics of Labor Legislation in Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- This book examines industrial relations in the public sector in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly conflicts and compromises between public-sector unions and the government over the ratification of ILO Convention 87 (Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize).
- Inagami, T. (1983): Labor-Management Communication at the Workplace Level, Tokyo: The Japan Institute of Labour.
- Kamata, Satoshi (1984): Japan in the Passing Lane. London: Unwin.
- Kawanishi, Hirosuke (1992): Enterprise Unionism in Japan. London: Kegan Paul International.
- This book critically examines the development of postwar industrial relations. The book presents not only a concise review of theories of industrial relations by Japanese scholars, but many case studies of the Hitachi Union, Densan (the industrial union in the electric power industry), and left-wing minority enterprise unions.
- Kawanishi, Hirosuke (ed.) (1999): The Human Face of Industrial Conflict in Postwar-Japan. London: Kegan Paul International.
- Koike, Kazuo (1988): Understanding Industrial Relations in Modern Japan. Translated by Mary Saso Basingstoke: Macmillan.
- Koike is one of the most influential IR scholars in Japan. He explains industrial relations in Japan based on internal labor markets and the skill-formation of blue-collar workers. His "white-collarization of blue collar workers" thesis brought about debates among Japanese scholars in the early 1990s.
- Koike, Kazuo (1991): The Economics of Work in Japan. LTCB International Library Foundation.
- Koshiro, Kazutoshi (2000): A Fifty Year History of Industry and Labor in Postwar Japan (edited by Charles Weathers) Japanese Economy & Labor Series No.6, the Japan Institute of Labour.
- Kumazawa, Makoto(1996): Portraits of the Japanese Workplace: Labor Movements, Workers, and Managers. Edited by Translated by Andrew Gordon and Mikiso Hane Westview Press.
- Kume, Ikuo (1998): Disparaged Success: Labor Politics in Postwar Japan. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
- This book argues that enterprise unions and their federations are not as weak as often assumed by many Japanese and foreign IR scholars. The book argues that Japanese unions increased their influence vis-a-vis management as well as the government by taking advantage of "political opportunity structures." While this book is well received among foreign IR scholars and political scientists, some Japanese scholars strongly criticize Kume's "strong labor" thesis.
- McCormick, Brian and Kevin McCormick (1996): Japanese Companies-British Factories, Aldershot: Avebury.
- Nakayama, Ichiro (1975): Industrialization and Labor-Management Relations in Japan. Tokyo: the Japan Institute of Labour.
- Odaka, Kunio (1975): Toward Industrial Democracy: Management and Workers in Modern Japan, Cambridge, Mass: Haverd University Press.
- OECD (1977): The Development of Industrial Relations Systems: Some Implications of Japanese Experience, Paris: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
- Okochi, Kazuo, Bernard Karsh , Solomon B. Levine, eds., (1973):Workers and employers in Japan: the Japanese employment relations system. Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press.
- Price, John (1997): Japan Works: Power and Paradox in Postwar Industrial Relations Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
- This book examines the development of production systems (especially lean-production) and industrial relations in the postwar period based on three case studies: Mitsui Miike Mine, Suzuki Motors, and Moriguchi City Hall.
- Rohlen, T.P. (1974): For Harmony and Strength: Japanese White-Collar Organization in Anthropological Perspective. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Sako, Mari. 2006. Shifting boundaries of the firm: Japanese company-Japanese Labor. Oxford University Press.
- Sako, Mari and Hiroki Sato (eds.) (1997): Japanese Labour and Management in Transition: diversity, flexibility and participation. London: Routledge.
- This book is a collection of essays on various aspects of industrial relations by leading Japanese IR scholars in the mid-1990s. The book examines how "the classical Japanese model" of industrial relations has changed in the last two decades.
- Shirai, Taishiro (ed.) (1983): Contemporary Industrial Relations in Japan. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.
- This book is a collection of essays on various aspects of industrial relations written by leading Japanese IR scholars in the early 1980s. Authors include Haruo Shimada, Kazuo Koike, Tadashi Hanami, and Shigeyoshi Tokunaga. Many of these authors try to convey a message that industrial relations in Japan are as economically rational and rule-based as industrial relations in Western countries.
- Sumiya, Mikio (1990): The Japanese Industrial Relations Reconsidered. Tokyo: the Japan Institute of Labour.
- Takezawa, Shin-ichi (1995): Japan Work Ways: 1960-1976-1990.Tokyo: The Japan Institute of Labour.
- Tsutsui, William M. (1998): Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
- Tsutsui examines the historical development of managerial ideologies concerning productivity and production process. He argues that Japanese production system is characterized by "revised Taylorite," not by "neo-Fordist" or "ultra-Fordist," Thus, he rejects the post-Fordist view that Japanese workers are so skilled that they self-rule production issues at the shopfloor level. As for the post-war period, he analyzes different strands of production ideologies and how they spread, sometimes in conflict to each other, by examining publication of JPC (Japan Productivity Center), the Efficiency Association, and JUSE (Union of Japanese Scientist and Engineers).
- Turner, Christena L. (1995): Japanese Workers in Protest, Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Williamson, Hugh (1994): Coping with the Miracle: Japan's Unions Explore New International Relations. London and Hong Kong: Pluto Press with Asia Monitor Resource Center.
- This is one of the few books written in English that examines international activities of Japanese unions. It shows that many Japanese unions cooperate with management in promoting the Japanese-style management overseas.
Gender and Labor
- Hunter, Janet, ed., (1993): Japanese women working, London: Routledge.
- Kondo, Dorinne K. (1990): Crafting Selves: Power, Gender, and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese Workplace, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
- Roberts, Glenda S. (1994): Staying on the Line: Blue-Collar Women in Contemporary Japan, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
- Saso, Mary(1990):Women in the Japanese workplace. (foreword by Ronald Dore) London: Hilary Shipman.
- Beer, Lawrence Ward (1984): Freedom of Expression in Japan: A Study in Comparative Law, Politics, and Society, (esp. Chapter 6: The Freedom of Expression of Workers) Tokyo: Kodansha International Ltd.
- Gould, William B. (1988): Japan's Reshaping of American Labor Law, MIT Press.
- Hanami, Tadashi A. (1985): Labour Law and Industrial Relations in Japan, Kluwer Law International.
- Sugeno, Kazuo (1992): Japanese Labor Law, translated Leo Kanowitz Seattle: University of Washington Press.
- Woodwiss, Anthony (1992): Law, Labour, and Society in Japan: From Repression to Reluctant Recognition. London: Routledge.
Studies on Comparative Industrial Relations (in which the Japanese case is included)
- Adams, Roy (1995): Industrial Relations under Liberal Democracy. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.
- Berggren, Ch. (1992): Alternative to lean production: work organization in Swedish auto industry. Ithaca: ILR Press.
- Brown, Clair, Yoshifumi Nakata, Michael Reich, Lloyd Ulman (1997): Work and Pay in the United States and Japan. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Cole, Robert E. (1979): Work, Mobility, and Participation: A Comparative Study of American and Japanese Industry. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Golden, Miriam A. (1997):Heroic Defeats: Politics of job loss. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Jacoby, Sanford.2005.The Embedded corporation /Subtitle:corporate governance and employment relations in Japan and the United States.
Princeton:Princeton University Press.
- Katz, Harry C. and Owen Darbishire (2000): Converging Divergences: Worldwide Changes in Employment Systems. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
- Knoke, David, et al. (1996):Comparing Policy Networks: Labor Politics in the U.S., Germany, and Japan.Cambridge University Press.
- Koshiro, Kazutoshi, ed., (1992): Employment Security and Labor Market Flexibility: an International Perspective , Detroit: Wayne State University Press.
- Lincoln, James R. and Arne L. Kalleberg (1990): Culture, Control, and Commitment: A study of work organization and work attitudes in the United States and Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Littler, C.R. (1982): The Development of Labour Process in Capitalist Societies, London: Heinemann.
- LO, Vai Io (1999): Law and Industrial Relations: China and Japan after World War II. Kluwer Law International.
- Sil, Rudra (2002): Managing "Modernity" : Work, Community, and Authority in Late-Industrializing Japan and Russia. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press.
- Sisson, Keith (1987): The Management of Collective Bargaining: An International Comparison. Basil Blackwell.
- Takezawa, Shin-ichi, Arthur M. Whitehill (1981): Work Ways: Japan and America. Tokyo: Japan Institute of Labour.
- Turner, Lowell (1993): Democracy at Work: Changing World Markets and Future of Labor Unions/ Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
- This book mainly compares institutional arrangements of industrial relations in the U.S. and West German auto industries. The book also includes cases of Britain, Italy, Sweden, and Japan, as back-up evidence for the author's argument that how work reorganization influences the power of organized labor depends on each country's institutional arrangements of industrial relations.
- Cho, Young-Hoon (1994): "Enterprise Unionism and the Development of the Japanese Welfare State." PhD. Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles.
- Gerteis, Christpher (2001): "Japanese Women, Their Unions, and the Security Treaty," PhD. Dissertation, the University of Iowa.
- Gibbs, Michael H. (1990): "The Labor Movement at the Yahata Steel Works, 1945-1957." PhD. Dissertation, University of California at Berkeley.
- This book examines union-management conflicts in Yahata Steel (the largest steel company in Japan) as well as politics within the Yahata Union in the early post-WWII period.
- Ido, Masanobu (1998): "Divide and Rule: The Italian and Japanese Labor Movements after the Oil Crisis." PhD. Dissertation, the University of Chicago.
- Faison, Elyssa(2001): "Producing Female Textile Workers in Imperial Japan." Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles.
- Notar, Earnest James (1979): "Labor Unions and the Sangyo Hokoku Movement 1930-1945: A Japanese Model for Industrial Relations." Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley.
- Shibata, Hiromichi (1995): "Japanese and American Workplace Industrial Relations: Skill Formation, Communication, and Conflict Resolution." PhD. Dissertation, Cornell University.
- Shimada, Haruo (1974):"the Structure of Earnings and Investments in Human Resources: A Comparison Between the United States And Japan." PhD. Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Shinkawa, Toshimitsu (1990): "The Political Economy of Social Welfare in Japan." PhD. Dissertation, University of Toronto
- Suzuki, Akira (1997): "The Polarization of the Union Movement in Postwar Japan: Politics in the Unions of Steel and Railway." PhD. Dissertation, the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Tackney, Charles (1995): "Institutionalization of the Lifetime Employment System: A Case Study of Changing Employment Practices in a Japanese Factory." PhD. Dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Weathers, Charles M. (1995): "Transforming Labor: State and Employer Strategy in Postwar Japan." PhD. Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley.
- Yutani, Eiji (1985): " 'Nihon no Kaso Shakai' of Gennosuke Yokoyama, Translated and with an Introduction." PhD. Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley.
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