Advocating Alternative Models for Community & Labor Organizing in Japan

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Tokyo  Ken Yamazaki is the deputy senior research officer in the international affairs branch of the Japan Institute for Labor Policy and Training, a Phd, just published author on community organizing, and a helluva guy in my book.  Having visited New Orleans recently with his delegation as they tried to better understand labor and community organizing, …

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Trying to Grow Jobs in the Japanese Disaster Zone

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Tokyo  The population losses in Ishinomaki and Onagawa were different than New Orleans.  After Katrina, a city that had evacuated was (is!) unable to return with 80% of the housing flooded.   The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and the tsunami that followed virtually wiped out everything in its path, killed, destroyed, and returned to the sea.  …

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Non-Standard Workers are the New Informal Workforce in Japan

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New Orleans   Casual, temporary, irregular (Korea), part-time, and informal are all terms of art in different countries describing everywhere essentially the same global workforce phenomena in the race to the bottom for public and corporate employers sweating labor from workers on a come-as-you-are, no benefits, we-will-call-you-whenever-we-need-you basis.  We learned from hours of intensive dialogue with …

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