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Equal Opportunities International

ISSN: 0261-0159
Currently published as: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal

Online from: 1981

Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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Gender and part-time work in Japan

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Title:Gender and part-time work in Japan
Author(s):Kaye Broadbent, (School of Industrial Relations, Griffith University, Kessels Road, Nathan, Queensland 4111, Australia)
Citation:Kaye Broadbent, (2002) "Gender and part-time work in Japan", Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 21 Iss: 3, pp.57 - 74
Keywords:Gender, Japan, Part-time work
Article type:Case study
DOI:10.1108/02610150210787163 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Part-time work in Japan, as in other countries, is increasing as a form of paid work. There are, however, significant differences developing out of Japan’s gender contract. Employers have created a gendered employment strategy which has been supported by governments, through social welfare policies and legislation, and the mainstream enterprise union movement which has supported categorisations of part-time workers as “auxilliary” despite their importance at the workplace. An analysis of one national supermarket chain indicates that part-time work as it is constructed in Japan does not challenge the gendered division of labour but seeks to lock women into the secondary labour market.

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