NEARLY six weeks after the Suzuki-Maruti car factory near the Indian capital of Delhi was attacked by over 1,000 workers and a senior manager was killed, the company says that it has not yet been able to establish the reason for the sudden and unexpected violence.
Osamu Suzuki (below), the 82-year-old chairman of Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corporation, which controls the Indian company, is currently visiting India and said on Sunday evening that “the cause is not clear to us”. Most chief executives would not be content to admit such a lack of knowledge so long after an outbreak of serious labour unrest, but this is neither a conventional nor stable area………..
…………..Mr Suzuki sought to demonstrate his respect for India and its legal system with the story of Radha Benode Pal, an Indian judge known for his anti-colonial nationalist views and one of eleven jurists on the post-war International Military Tribunal for the Far East who dissented from a guilty verdict for Japan’s top wartime leaders……………
For the full article “Suzuki’s labour troubles in India”, go to The Economist’s Business and Management blog, Schumpeter, by clicking here A routine meeting turned violent
And for more on modern Japan’s fascination with the strange story of Judge Pal, who drew parallels between Japanese and British colonisation, see this 2007 story in the New York Times – Decades After War Trials, Japan Still Honors a Dissenting Judge .
“All people of Mr Suzuki’s age recall Pal with gratitude as he restored a sense of self esteem in the national psyche badly gored by accusations of acts of barbarity in China and elsewhere,” says Aftab Seth, a former Indian ambassador to Japan and a professor at Japan’s oldest university of Keio. “Many of those accusations were well grounded in fact, but the average Japanese civilian did not feel responsible in any way”.