This book forms part of the growing literature on aspects of conflict and conflict management in Japanese society (Koschmann, 1978; Moeran, 1984; Hendry, 1987, pp. 185-200). The explicit aim which has guided the volume's creation, however, has been to add a comparative perspective to this expanding stream of scholarly studies. In recent years a host of excellent works centring on conflict in Japan has appeared: for example, Najita and Koschmann's (1982) compilation of historical studies, Sugimoto's (1978) documentation of post-war strife, Mouer and Sugimoto's (1986) discussion about conflict in theories of Japanese society, or Krauss, Rohlen and Steinhoff's (1984) attempts to apply systematically existing theories of conflict to the Japanese case. This book, however, attempts to extend in another direction the growing social scientific recognition of the tensions and disaccords found in Japanese society.