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Part I. A Context for Studying Work: 1. The Japanese at Work 2. Toward a Sociology of Work in Postwar Japan 3. Paradigms and Frameworks for Understanding Work in Japan Part II. The Commitment to Being at Work: 4. Hours of Work, Labor-Force Participation and the Work Ethic 5. Variation in the Work Patterns of Japanese Part III. Labor Process at the Macro Level: 6. The Development of the Japanese Labor Force 7. Labor Policy 8. Labor Unions 9. Management and its Organisations Part IV. Labor Process at the Micro Level: 10. The Firm's Organisation 11. Skill Formation Part V. The Lives of Japan's Workers: 12. The Rhythm of Work 13. Social Class and Other Forms of Multiculturalism 14. Work Life and Family Life: Signs of Postmodernity? Part VI. Contradictions and the Forces for Change: 15. The Future of Work in Japan.