I ran our company in Japan from 1976 to December 1983. We are a British firm with a long and mainly successful history in Japan manufacturing products for the metal producing industries with hundreds of local employees. However, automation and a change in product mix lead us into confrontation with the union once again and the order from the Head Office was to further cut back staff and operating costs. Mr. Nevins listened carefully, asked a few questions and helped us make a few basic decisions that had an on-going influence, not only on the success of our staff reduction but also on our manufacturing and business plan in Japan.
I can highly recommend him as a man to talk to whenever making decisions effecting the employment conditions or job security of your employees. He can direct you with new ideas and creative approaches, and is also willing to roll up his sleeves and do detailed work. After successful completion of our staff reduction programme Mr. Nevins also analyzed all of our employment regulations and personnel practices and his assessment of compensation programs, Rules of Employment and collective bargaining agreements was most helpful to us in influencing future policies and programmes.
Foseco Japan Limited