chapter  8
43 Pages

Twenty Years of a Bank Worker’s Life

WithKumazawa Makoto

There are recollections by Kawabe's friends, written and edited after Kawabe Tomomi's death. Using these as source material and augmenting them with various studies of the bank as a workplace, one can follow the life of this Japanese bank worker and the changes in his workplace. The inquiry offers a point of entry into the history of white-collar workers during Japan's extraordinary era of high-speed growth. In February 1966, without any advance warning, Fuji Bank introduced a new personnel system with the goal of implementing what the bank called a fair pay system, which would reflect the demonstrated ability of workers and their contributions to building the bank's business. At Fuji Bank, the first step in the rationalization process was a program to mobilize employees more completely to achieve company objectives. The "three basic principles" adopted by the new Federation were: first, vertical organization; second, the recognition of union self-governance and third, emphasis on economic struggles.