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Japan in the Passing Lane Paperback – September 12, 1983


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  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; 1st pbk. ed edition (September 12, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394721373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394721378
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,038,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, Japanese (translation)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 1998
Format: Paperback
A well-written shop-floor view of the Japanese auto industry in the mid-to-late 1970's, when Japan's automakers were struggling to meet America's demand for small cars during the oil crisis.
Kamata worked as a contract employee on the assembly line of a Toyota factory and tells of 12-to-16 hour shifts six days a week, managers who increased production quotas beyond the limit of human endurance with no regard to safety, and the consequenses of a draconian employment contract.
Compare this to Ben Hamper's "Rivethead," which provides a similar (more humorous) shop-floor view of the auto industry during approximately the same era, but at a GM Plant in Flint, Michigan.
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What Satoshi experienced and bothered to write about shows how the modern industrial state self perpetuates. The "system" uses workers for corporate profit, the workers are often expendable.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don L on February 14, 2009
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This is a very surprising and interesting view of working in a Japanese auto plant in the 1970s. The author worked at Toyota's main plant as a temporary worker. For those who are studying Toyota's Production System the book provides a perspective that must be delt with.

The translator did an excellent job and the book is an easy an interesting read.
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