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Undermining the Japanese Miracle : Work and Conflict in a Japanese Coal-mining Community - Matthew Allen

Undermining the Japanese Miracle

Work and Conflict in a Japanese Coal-mining Community

Hardcover Published: 25th November 1994
ISBN: 9780521450096
Number Of Pages: 318

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Undermining the Japanese Miracle describes the underside of Japan's economic miracle. It is an account of people who have been forgotten in Japan's push to industrialise in the post-war era: the coalminers of Chikuho, on Japan's southernmost island. The dirty and neglected character of Chikuho is in stark and revealing contrast to Japan's prevailing image as an international leader in technology and an affluent country of great social harmony. In effect, the people of Chikuho have been sacrificed for the development of Japan's overall economy.
This book looks at some of the effects of economic rationalist policies: the neglect of the former coalminers by the government and the coal companies has created a situation whereby the region is poor and isolated, and the unemployment, crime and welfare dependence rates are high. There is little hope of economic recovery in this coalmining area.
Matthew Allen challenges the concepts of industrial harmony, economic foresight, cultural homogeneity and caring political management that dominate much of the literature in Japan. He describes how the people of the coalfields see themselves, providing insights into an aspect of Japanese society that is rarely encountered.

List of Plates
List of maps
List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Glossary
List of abbreviations
Notes on translation and anonymity
Introduction
Chikuho: A Short Description
The Chikuho Revivalists
Idegawa
A Short History of Coalmining: Chikuho in Context
The Picture Show Man
A Culture in Violence
H-san Mine: Violence and Repression
The Bathing Master
Labour Conflict: The Case of the K-san Union Action
D-san and the Students
Mizuno
The Y-san Disaster
Sono
Welfare
Welfare in Chikuho
A Yakuza Story
Conclusion
Bibliographical Essay
Bibliography
List of Informants
Index.
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ISBN: 9780521450096
ISBN-10: 0521450098
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 25th November 1994
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.59

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