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This revised variation has been up-to-date to hide advancements within the 5 years because the first variation was once released. Yoshio Sugimoto demanding situations the normal suggestion that Japan is an homogeneous society with few cultural and social disparities.

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8 Notes 1 Column I was adapted from Ishida 1993, p. 177. 2 Columns II and III were adapted from Seiyama 1994, pp. 71 and 75. The Japanese figures are different in these two columns because they were adjusted to be comparable to the US and the UK data: Japanese scores were recalculated in accordance with the methods of computation used in the US and the UK figures respectively. 3 Gross mobility = forced mobility + pure mobility. the United States and the United Kingdom. In other words, the opportunity for intergenerational mobility (net of structural changes) appears to be more closed and less fluid in Japan than in the other two countries.

Third, so-called Japanese management is changing. There are many signs that the twin institutions of permanent employment and senioritybased wage structure cannot sustain themselves. Company loyalty is weakening among young employees. The ageing profile of the corporate demographic structure makes it difficult for starting workers to expect smooth and automatic promotions at the later stages of their career. Head-hunting is becoming rampant, and inter-company mobility is rising. In the long run, the convergence theory predicts, the Japanese employment structure and its concomitant management styles will more resemble Western patterns.

Dore 1987. Berger and Hsiao 1988. 34 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 An Introduction to Japanese Society Twu 1990. Burenstam Linder 1986; Borthwick 1992. For example, Ito¯ 1985. See Umesao 1967 and 2002. Murakami, Kumon, and Sato¯ 1979; Murakami 1984b. Huntington 1993. Eisenstadt 1996; Arnason 1997 and 2002. See Befu 1989 for a discussion of these two types of concepts in the context of Japanese studies. Clammer 2001 takes a comparative, non-Western perspective seriously and attempts to bring the study of Japanese society into dialogue with some recent developments in cultural studies.

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