Working Culture

Working culture in Japan is a very sensitive topic to be discussed. It’s changing. Not really towards the “western” model (there’s no universal western model), but towards a somewhat more liberal model with Japanese specifics.

Japanese work culture is not more than unpaid overtime and long hours with threaten their health sacrifice family. It reflects economic conditions beginning in the 1920s. In japan there is no option to taking time off from work. Japan set a benchmark for hard work From the 1950s onwards. About American and Japanese work cultures there are lots of stereotypes. Before your boss and workers are hesitant to do so before their peers it is considered impolite to leave the office. Japan’s working culture’s issue is the high agenda of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe which is reflected in the government’s new work style reform bill. And it is passed by Japan’s national legislature in 2008. In 2016 karoshi claimed 191 people death by overwork. There can always be too much of a good thing, and that for every one of these strengths it’s good to keep in mind. If it’s taken too far there can be a downside. Based on a "simultaneous recruiting of new graduates" Many both in and outside Japan share an image of the Japanese work environment. In a study of 19 countries, Japan’s managers were rated least likely to approve worker leave. Japan workers can take only 10 annual leaves out of 20 only half of their leaves. The japan government is well aware of the depth of the crises.

While Japan is suffering from low productivity and birth rates. To help Japanese employees to balance work life with their personal life Meaningful provisions are there to encourage and support young people. There are unofficial and illegal workplace policies such as pregnancy order systems in which employers use to make couples wait in turn to have children, its effects on lowering Japan’s birth rate. To get things done Japanese are very good at working in teams. Colleagues are very supportive in japan. With a lot of socializing with colleagues, teamwork extends outside the company. A frustrating workplace reform because of Japan’s’ high expectations of its economy. Through relatively modest changes the country could make efficiency gains. In exchange for some degree of job security and benefits employees are expected to work hard and demonstrate loyalty to the firm. These benefits of such employments and work environments are not enjoyable for every worker. In 1987 employees had to work 46 hours a week on average. Working hours are reduced on demand of the Japanese labor union and it is responded by many larger firms in a positive manner. On admitting of foreign workers and automation may also boost productivity. Based on the consensus of everyone in the group Japanese companies prefer to make decisions. This Consensus-based approach is appreciated by many non-Japanese employees. Compared to other nation’s Japanese employment protection is unique and dynamic. Paramount of the Japanese culture is the loyalty to the company. People who stay with the same company for their entire life many Japanese firms only promote from them. For planning, Japanese companies spend an enormous amount of energy.

They have it with detailed analysis and Information gathering. This organized approach results in the high levels of quality and discipline. To ensure employment security and prevent laying off employees Japan firms do everything in their power. The generation gap is more clearly we can see in japan work culture, as younger employees want to take and needed more vacations more but their superiors do not think in the same manner. The founder of the Work-life balance company is pushing to change this culture. Japanese working culture put into the question mark when the young women had committed suicide because of overwork in 2016. Including by providing amenities such as sports facilities and gyms, many Japanese companies are reducing work hours and improving working conditions. High-income employees should be paid according to their performance, not the hours worked is ensured in the sectors like finance.