Japanese work environment points to know

Japanese work environment points to know

Many both in and outside Japan share an image of the Japanese work environment that is based on a “simultaneous recruiting of new graduates” (新卒一括採用 Shinsotsu-Ikkatsu-Saiyō) and “lifetime-employment” (終身雇用 Shūshin-Koyō) model used by large companies as well as a reputation of long work-hours and strong devotion to one’s company. This environment is said to reflect economic conditions beginning in the 1920s, when major corporations competing in the international marketplace began to accrue the same prestige that had traditionally been ascribed to the daimyō–retainer relationship of feudal Japan or government service in the Meiji Restoration.

At the very top, the most prestigious companies would recruit and retain the best workers by offering better benefits and truly lifetime job security. By the 1960s, employment at a large prestigious company had become the goal of children of the new middle class, the pursuit of which required mobilization of family resources and great individual perseverance in order to achieve success in the fiercely competitive education system.

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