Asian Review


Kyonosuke Hirai

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A number of books on the Japanese society published since the Sixties considered the Japanese collectiveness as the source of Japan's economic success. Drawing on the work of Pierre Bourdieu, the paper shows that harmony and loyalty in the large Japanese company, which they emphasised as symbols of the collectiveness, indicate only an ideological picture of Japanese society, and, in reality, employees consciously or unconsciously attempt to improve their positions in terms of accumulating symbolic capital in daily activities. The paper relies largely on the author's own experience in a large Japanese company between 1988 and 1990.



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