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Symposien und Konferenzen


The Changing Structure of Labor in Japan - Japanese Human Resource Management between Continuity and Innovation


Koordination: René Haak


What changes can be observed in the labor market? What is special about the Japanese-style human resource management in the low-growth era, and what are the responses by Japanese and German firms?
The structure of the Japanese labor market is gradually changing in terms of both supply and demand. On the one hand the symposium will discuss the major supply-side factors, which include for example the rapid influx of women into the labor force, the aging of the working population and the trend toward higher education. On the other hand the symposium will consider continuity and changes in employment patterns like the expansion of flexible types of employment (part-time workers, arubaito, home workers etc.) and the specific innovations of the distinctive features of Japanese-style human resource management (HRM): for example, the "three sacred treasures" of lifetime employment, seniority promotion (promotion according to age and length of service), and the stability offered by having enterprise trade unions. Special attention will be paid to the question of how these three treasures were strategically integrated in an innovative Japanese-style human resource management.

Supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany


13.00 - 13.15 Opening and Greetings
  Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit; Rainer Schlageter, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

13.15 - 13.20 Introduction
  René Haak

13.20 - 14.00 Key Note Speech
  The Structure of Japanese Labor Market - an Overview
Tadashi Hanami, Sophia University

14.00 - 15.00 Session I
Dennis S. Tachiki, Tamagawa University

  Employment Adjustment after the Financial Crises in 1997/98
Michio Nitta, Tokyo University

  Revision of Pension System and Employment Issues Involving Workers in Their 60s
Hiroyuki Fujimura, Hosei University

  Flexible Labour Markets and Individualised Employment: The Beginnings of a New Japanese HRM System
John Benson, University of Melbourne

15.00 - 15.20 Coffee Break
15.20 - 16.20 Session II
Haruo Horaguchi, Hosei University

  Employment Restructuring in Japan
Hiromasa Suzuki, Waseda University

  BASF - HR Management of a Global Player in Japan
Markus Falk, BASF South East Asia Regional Headquarters BASF

  The Volkswagen Group's Worldwide Management System
Hauke Bruhn, Volkswagen Group Japan KK

16.20 - 17.20 Session III
Harald Dolles

  Between Human Resource Management and Corporate Governance: Changes in the Top Management Structure of Japanese Corporations
Andreas Moerke

  Human Resource Management in Japanese SM Enterprise - Challenges and Success Factors
Shigeru Matsushima, Hosei University

  Beyond the Skill-Grading System
Philippe Debroux, Soka University

17.20 - 18.20 Session IV
René Haak

  Contesting Time - International Comparisons of Employee Control of Working Time
Peter Berg, Michigan State University

  Challenges for Japanese HR Mangement in the Low-Growth Era - From the Viewpoints of Changing the Retirement Bonus and Education
Yoshiaki Takahashi, Chuo University

  Changing Patterns of School to Work Transition and the Structure of Labour Markets
Helmut Demes, University of Duisburg-Essen

18.20 Final Remarks
  René Haak


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