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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Employes In Japan; Like Firm's Family By Steve Wilson an ambitious 18-year-old selling "'arty trj graduate from high school and juiu liis new family Japan's biggest car maker. He is like thousands of young Japanese who arc graduating Iliis month and going to work in a company where they will bo treated like a new member of the family in a spirit of unity thai seems In spur Japanese to work so hard. No Unemployment For the young Japanese like Ilirai. (here is no such thing as unemployment. And even with tht! energy crisis there are more than three jobs for each high school graduate, according to the government. "I'll continue working for Toyota Motor Co. until 1 says Ilirai. "1 joined Toyota because they are the biggest car milker in Japan. "Also, Toyota has gymnas- tic facilities lor employes, which I'm interested in. And also (hey have resort centers all over the country. So if I want to travel there will always be a place where I can slay cheaply." When his job starts Hirai will leave liis family's home here and move into a dormitory at Toyota's main plant about 220 miles southwest of Tokyo. He will earn about a month to start and will get bonuses equal to at least tour month's salary. The room will cost him about a month and meals another to a month. Seniority System His salary will go up accord- ing to a strictly observed senior- ity system, with a special hllow- ance if he becomes a section chief. But if he doesn't attain any special position his salary for perhaps the next 35 years will be identical to olhers with the same education whp entered the company this spring. But Hirai's starting salary will give him plenty of extra money, some of which he proba- bly, will save in the company's special high-interest savings bank. Some of the rest he plans to use to buy a motorcycle. His dormitory roommate will be a or superi- or, who will help (each him not only his job but also, the company's way of life. The company's health care plan will protect Hirai. The company also' will provide his recreation, present him with a wedding gift and other presents when his children are born. There is a fair chance he will raise his Family in a company- owned, low-rent home. Jobs are guaranteed in Ja- pan's business world and there is very little chance that he could be fired or laid off even if business is bad. Loyalty, Respect In exchange for this total se- curity, Toyota will demand un- questioning loyalty, respect for authority and hard'work from Hirai about the same traits a father anywhere might expect from his son. A job counselor at Hirai's high school says most compa-, nies seeking new employes are not looking for the highly skilled or particularly intelligent per- sons. But'rather, they want dili- gent workers who don't upset the company family. "The biggest demand the companies ask is for a good per- sonality so they can get along with fellow the coun- selor adds. He says sonic of the most desirable companies have been a little more selective In their hiring because of the energy crisis but "everyone still can get a Job." "The job market for high school graduates has been very according to an official of the labor ministry. "In Japan this life-lung employment sys- tem inevitably makes the com- panies want to hire the young rather than the old people. The youth versus age conflict in the job market appears to be particularly strong in Japan. In Tokyo, junior and senior high school graduates are being courted with several job offers while older laborers demon- strate because they-.can't get jobs. Ih.iwMlnl M-5J HUHNBfUUHCK... WO PUTS RUT MARKET SMULEKOFF The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Krl.. Mar. 8. ISM J We're giving you the "royal treatment" with bargain prices on famous KROEHLER SOFAS and SLEEP-OR-LOUNGES. 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