Asia Pacific Journal of Management

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 115–119 | Cite as

Demystifying the Japanese miracle

  • Stephen Wood
Review Article


In this English translation of a book first published in Japan in 1973 Satoshi Kamata indicts the Toyota Motor company for its inhumane treatment of temporary workers on the assembly line. Kamata is a freelance journalist who records in diary form his six months' experience and observations as a temporary worker for Toyota. For the reviewer, Stephen Wood, the importance of the book lies in its contribution to the demystification of the Japanese employment system, especially in the light of the world-wide concern with Japanese methods. Wood concurs with much of Ronald Dore's introduction to the English edition of Kamata's book but suggests that to draw conclusions about management authority and work organization from it would need more systematic evidence and a sharper set of conceptual distinctions than even those Dore works with.


Japan English Translation Assembly Line English Edition Temporary Worker 
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© School of Management, National University of Singapore 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Wood
    • 1
  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceUK

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