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The rise of temporary employment in Japan: legalisation and expansion of a non-regular employment form

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Imai, Jun

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Corporate Editor Universität Duisburg-Essen Campus Duisburg, Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften IN-EAST
Abstract "This discussion paper examines the institutionalization process of a non-regular employment form especially focusing on the establishment of the temporary dispatching work (haken) system. The institutionalization process of the haken system can be divided into three periods: delegalisation (1947-86), legalisation (1986-99), and diffusion (1999-). Declining labor strength, the emergence of deregulation bodies, and the changing attitude of the Ministry of Labor (MHLW) characterize the legal developments. Together with the liberalization of private job placement and the expansion of fixed-term contract work, temporary work became an important sources of flexible and skilled labor, and expanded more rapidly than other employment forms in the late 90s. In this development, temporary help firms started to reframe their business as 'personnel services,' and have positioned themselves to replace the traditional firm-internal supply of mobile employees such as shukkô and tenseki with external dispatched employees of temporary help firms." (author´s abstract)
Keywords Japan; temporary employment; term contract; standard employment relationship; labor market; liberalization; qualification; flexibility; type of employment; employment service; privatization; Far East
Classification Labor Market Research; Labor Market Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2004
City Duisburg
Page/Pages 64 p.
Series Duisburger Arbeitspapiere Ostasienwissenschaften, 62
ISSN 1865-858X
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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