A manager at a Sony plant outlines what he believes are the differences between employees in Ireland and Japan.

Irish workers at the Sony factory in Shannon compared unfavourably with Japanese workers, a view which is often at odds with other company's positive views of Irish workers.

Mr Suzuki of the Sony plant in Shannon, County Clare, outlines how Irish workers compare with their Japanese counterparts. 

The differences between the two nations relate to the length of service, attitudes to waste, and attitudes to supervision. 

In Japan, employees who have been trained by a company usually stay with that company until they are sacked or until they feel they have done enough for the company. In Ireland, he finds that while the company invests money and time in training workers, they still leave and the company fails to get a return on investment. The commercial risk in Ireland is much higher than in Japan. Mr Suzuki believes that Japanese workers have a greater sense of loyalty and obligation to the company as a result of the investment the company has made in their training. 

The people working in this country have the opportunity of going abroad without any government restriction which we have in Japan.

For Mr Suzuki, not many Irish workers think very carefully about the value of the components they are handling. 

Mr Suzuki believes that the supervisors in Ireland are a little too gentle in their approach to the workers. 

They're a little bit afraid of telling the workers what to do and what to improve. In Japan, no supervisors will be afraid of their workers. Their main interest is to get the job done. If the job has to be done, then they take very active action to get the workers to do the work. 

Despite all of this, Mr Suzuki does not believe that Irish workers are bad workers, but rather they require more investment to encourage them to become good workers. 

This episode of 'Broadsheet' was broadcast on 30 August 1963. The reporter is John O'Donoghue.