TOKYO – A sea change is not so quietly under way in Japan's traditionally cozy labor-management relationship. Change under way in labor-management relations in Japan. With the Japanese economy in the doldrums and unemployment at record levels, this year's shunto – the annual spring struggle for a raise by the nation's unions – has fizzled. Moreover, the complex postwar labor compensation system is being restructured. A recent report in the Yomiuri Shimbun describes this ...

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