Early-Career Scholar Forum

Marriage-hunting and gendered governance in contemporary Japan

Friday 15 March 2024 | 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (JST)
Anna Woźny Joint postdoctoral fellow at Tokyo College and Princeton University
Sawako Shirahase Director of TCJS
Seminar Series

Japan’s Economic Gender Gap and Political Parties

Thursday 7 March 2024 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (JST)
Miki TOYOFUKU Associate Professor, Faculty of Core Research, Ochanomizu University
Rieko KAGE Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo



TCJS Early-Career Scholar Forum | Marriage-hunting and gendered governance in contemporary Japan

Friday 15 March 2024 | 12:15 p.m. - 13:00 (JST)

TCJS Seminar Series | Japan’s Economic Gender Gap and Political Parties

Thursday, 7 March 2023 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (JST)

Book Talk Series TCJS Book Talk Series | ”親密圏と公共圏の社会学 ケアの20世紀体制を超えて” (Sociology of the Intimate and Public Spheres: Beyond the 20th-century Care Regime)

Friday, 9 February 2024 | 12:15 - 13:00 (JST)

TCJS Seminar Series | The Politics of Child Custody in Japan and Beyond

Thursday, 8 February 2024 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (JST)

TCJS Book Talk Series | “Enacting Moral Education in Japan: Between State Policy and School Practice”

Thursday, 1 February 2024 | 9:00 -10:00 a.m. (JST)

TCJS Seminar Series | Economic Security versus Japan’s Regional Integration Strategy: Assessing Private Sector Responses to Changing Incentives

Thursday, 18 January 2024 | 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. (JST)

TCJS Early-Career Scholar Forum | Accumulation of Inequality across Multi-Generations in Japan: Focusing on Intergenerational Support

Friday, 12 January 2024 | 12:15 p.m. - 13:00 (JST)
2023/12/15 | Friday

TCJS SeminarSeries | Forging your career path beyond the university: Gender and the job market

Friday 15 December 2024 | 18:00 - 19:00 (JST)

TCJS Symposium | International Symposium on Gender Gap in Economic Empowerment Female Leaders in Global Era

Tuesday, 12 December 2023 | 10:30 a.m-12:00 p.m(noon)

TCJS Early-Career Scholar Forum |The Marriage of Politics and Economy: Elite Fusion in the Age of Modernization

Friday, 8 December 2023 | 12:15 - 13:00 (JST)


The UTokyo Center for Contemporary Japanese Studies (TCJS) is a new organization, founded in July 2020. Using “Contemporary Japan” as a touchstone concept, the Center promotes interdisciplinary and globally comparative research that unpacks the mechanisms underlying various contemporary social issues. In addition, TCJS offers a platform for broadly disseminating the findings of such research with the rest of the world – not only for the sake of furthering research and education at the University of Tokyo, but also in the name of realizing a more sustainable global society, and expanding vital collaborative research across borders.

In this way, TCJS welcomes approaches to studying Japan from a wide variety of disciplines (beyond the humanities/sciences binary); supports cutting-edge research; encourages active collaborations across all generations and countries; and nurtures next-generation scholars.

Our Mission

  • Challenging pre-existing norms and assessment standards through a focus on studying Japanese society
  • Promoting the humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary research
  • Incorporating and strengthening global perspectives in the study of contemporary Japan
Our Mission

Research Projects

Japanese Economy and Politics

The socioeconomic and geopolitical environment of the world is shifting rapidly. Trust in international institutions and traditional domestic elites is declining, but alternative foundations to promote peace and prosperity remain elusive. We examine how Japan’s economic, social, and political systems have adapted--and should adapt--to ongoing global and domestic challenges.

Demography and Inequality

Japan is at the frontier of demographic transformations that have beset many advanced-industrialized societies, including an aging population, declining fertility rates, and growing socioeconomic inequalities. These pose serious challenges to status quo systems, such as social insurance policies, immigration regulations, and family and gender relations. Through collaborative research and data sharing, we examine cross-national responses to these transformations and contribute to evidence-based policy making (EBPM).

Gender in Japan

Japan is a country with a high degree of gender inequality. Despite being a country which achieved so-called “miraculous” economic growth in the 1950s and 60s, the wage gap between men and women remains high relative to other countries, and the percentage of female leaders in positions of executive decision making is quite low. There has been no change to fundamental structures that set forth drastically different expectations and burdens for household roles based on gender. As such, TCJS seeks to convene discussions with researchers and stakeholders from various fields, as well as to promote research in regard to these issues.

Collaboration with Humanities

TCJS together with the Humanities Center of the University of Tokyo (HMC) works to internationally disseminate their research results by holding seminar series in the field of humanities of Japan.