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loyo Gosei and Edogawa

Source: Yamamoto Kiyoshi, Sengo Kiki ni okeru R6do Undo, vol. 1 of Sengo Rodo Shi Ron (Tokyo: O-Cha no Mizu Shobo, 1977), pp. 147-150.

Workers might have embarked on production control in these coal mines and chemical companies and elsewhere at the outset in order to achieve a set of concrete and not very radical goals having to do with wages and job security. But as their struggles lengthened and became more difficult, they tended to escalate to a new phase. This new phase was marked by a more or less conscious decision to seek outside cooperation in producing essential commodities in critically short supply, commodities that were vital to improving the living conditions of the people. Altruism was a factor, but what counted most was that during the economic revival different sectors of the working class were able to advance their mutual interests outside capitalist relations of production. In short, profits and wages ceased to be the sole object of operations, and social needs assumed first place.