Early-Career Scholar Forum

Judicialization of Occupational Health Political Process: The Case of Karôshi-karôjisatsu and the Articulation of Multiple Temporalities

Friday, 10 September 2021 | 12:15 - 13:00 (JST)
Zoom Meeting
  • Adrienne Sala Visiting Scholar, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo
  • KAGE Rieko Professor , Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo

We analyze the articulation of administrative, legislative and political temporalities with the temporality of collective action and legal mobilization organized by the anti-karôshi movement since the 1960s. The back-and-forth movement between legal mobilization and collective action can be understood in relation to the three temporalities that characterized the movement three main objectives: recognition as a professional disease (administrative and judiciary temporalities), enactment of karôshi prevention law (legislative temporality) and reform of the working time regulation (public action temporality). Articulation of these different temporalities is pivotal to the judicialization of occupational health political process.


Adrienne Sala is social science researcher at the French Institute of Research on Japan, at the Maison franco-japonaise in Tokyo (UMIFRE 19, CNRS, MEAE), visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo, Institute of Social Science and associate researcher at the Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS. Her main research interests include political sociology and political economy of institutional change, legal mobilizations and legal professionals role in the Japanese society.