The Japanese Kanji for Loyalty
Breitbart: News Article
According to Breitbart, Japan Airline (JAL) has received 4,000 early retirement applications, which far exceeded the intended amount of 2,700 applications.
JAL has been filed for bankruptcy protection by the Japanese government and has determined to cut down its employment cost along with other costs.
“JAL has indicated that its creditors have asked the airline to expand its group-wide job cuts from the originally planned 15,700 over the next three years. It is now considering a plan to cut 16,400 jobs from its current group workforce of 50,000 by the end of March 2011.”
According to Nihon Keizai Shimbun, as the future of JAL became vague, many of JAL employees have volunteered for an early retirement.
In my opinion, this showed one aspect of Japanese business culture. The employees are very very loyal to their company. Unlike other countries with boisterous labor unions, many Japanese workers accepted ‘voluntary’ retirement. However, I have sensed the feeling that not only Japanese worker’s loyalty has caused this. I think that there could have been some ‘forceful’ atmosphere during the ‘suggestion’ of voluntary retirements.