Freeing the Corporation--lnternationa!ization and "Administrative Reform"
It was hardly the case that Japanese society was as harmonious and united socially and politically as outsiders believed during the era of high-speed economic growth, much less during the 1970s. Nor did the cooptation and gradual incorporation of the labor movement spell the end of social protest. The student revolt, the antiwar movement, the Narita and Minamata struggles had all tapped into tlieaccumulating discontents of unfettered capitalist growth. Then, in the 1970s a great variety of other social movements, many locally based, appeared that wanted action to redress the balance between economic growth and the popular welfare. Movements for citizens' rights, environmental protection, women's rights, and better treatment for the aged undennfned the basis for LOP rule in the 1970s at both the local and national level.