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Workplace Issues Today: Japanese workers sue employers over bad work conditions

Japanese workers are beginning to force changes in the unwritten social contracts that once bound them to their employers even more tightly than the official, written ones. As the nation’s economic decline caused their wages and job security to dwindle as their unpaid overtime increased, more and more of these workers have started turning to the courts for restitution.

See “Japanese salarymen fight back,” by Martin Fackler, International Herald Tribune, Jun 11 2008

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