The Paradox in Japanese Public Sector Unionism: Enterprise Unionism and Political Movement. Laskowitz, Kate.

It seems these days that whenever bad news about the failure of our schools to educate the next generation of workers or a dip in our economic growth is publicized, Japan is once again held up as a role model. But what do we know about public sector unionism in Japan? Curiously, little has been written on the subject and is a shortcoming that Dr. Kate Laskowitz takes a step towards rectifying in The Paradox in Japanese Public Sector Unionism: Enterprise Unionism and Political Movement, a piece that explains the origins of public sector unions in Japan. It focuses on the paradox of the public sector which contains both a highly cooperative form of unionism, known as enterprise unionism, and a highly political public sector allied with the Japanese Socialist Party.