Isaac Meyer

Historian, teacher, podcaster

Episode 245 – The Summer of Rage, Part 2

This week, we cover the Miike coal mine strike of 1960. As labor and management do battle over the future of the mines, how will the future of the country be shaped by their clash?

Sources

Gerteis, Christopher. Gender Struggles: Wage-earning Women and Male-dominated Unions in Postwar Japan

Hyde, Sarah. The Transformation of the Japanese Left.

Golden, Miriam. Heroic Defeats: The Politics of Job Loss. 

Kawanishi, Hirosuke. The Human Face of Industrial Conflict in Postwar Japan. 

Images

Miners in protective gear sitting in during the protests.

Housewives in Miike meet in support of the strike.

Strikebreakers like the ones here were deployed by Mitsui to attack the workers. Some were affiliated with the yakuza, and one of the strikers was killed during these confrontations.

The entrance to the main Miike mineshaft as of 2016. The mine was shuttered in the 1990s.

The death of Asanuma Inejiro, broadcast live on NHK, became a sort of symbolic stand in for the death of the old Japanese Left.

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1 Comment

  1. Jason

    What types of protections does Japanese law provide for organized labor? Is the right to collectively bargain recognized in Japan? I’m wondering if there are parallels to things in the US like the National Labor Relations Board or laws that set up the boundaries as to what employers may or may not do as well as what unions may or may not do?

    If so, how did those come about?

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