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Low-Level Work in Japan without Foreign Workers

Edwin P. Reubens
The International Migration Review
Vol. 15, No. 4 (Winter, 1981), pp. 749-757
DOI: 10.2307/2545522
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2545522
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

This article explores how the Japanese have avoided dependence on foreign labor for low skill, and low status employment. Findings suggest that the demand for low-level work remains strong; but is met with native labor, by drawing upon still-plentiful labor reserves, together with integrating low-level work into the whole occupational structure and social value system. Contracting out certain services to specialized firms is one Japanese institution that might be emulated on a wide scale in the West.

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