The Handbook of Human Resource Management Policies and Practices in
                Asia-Pacific Economies
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The Handbook of Human Resource Management Policies and Practices in Asia-Pacific Economies

Volume 1

  • New Horizons in Management series Elgar original reference

Edited by Michael Zanko

The aim of the Handbook and its systematically codified economy human resource management (HRM) profiles is to improve knowledge and understanding of HRM policy and practices in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Chapter 7: Japan

Nobuko Hosogaya


Japan is an island country situated on the eastern edge of the Asian continent, and is surrounded by the Sea of Japan, the Pacific Ocean, and the East China Sea. Japan is made up off OUT main islands (Hokkaido. Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu) and about 6,800 smaller islands. The total land area is 377,829 square km, and the four main islands area make up 99 per cent of this total land area. Japan is a mountainous country: about 60 per cent of the Iand is given to mountains and volcanoes. Nearly 70 per cent of the total area is covered by forests and fields, about 15 per cent is farm land, and only 2.6 per cent is residential land (Statistics Bureau Management and Coordination Agency, 1997b).

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