Project Description

Gender equality is among the most important and pressing issues in Japan today. It is also an old problem on which there has been very little progress. The main question before us is why such severe gender inequality persists, even though Japan was the first Asian country to industrialize, and despite the fact that its economy recovered quickly and grew immensely in a short span of time after World War II.

The UTokyo Center for Contemporary Japanese Studies (TCJS) launched the Gender in Japan project in January 2021. Issues of gender inequality have become more visible than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Japan’s gender gap is evident not only in its labor market, but also within families and society at-large. This project’s kick-off seminar was given in February 2021 by Professor Chizuko Ueno, a leading sociologist who has spent much of her career studying these issues. The large public interest generated by her talk at our center speaks to the importance of gender to communities inside UTokyo and beyond.

The TCJS Gender in Japan project invites leading speakers such as scholars and policy makers in various fields on gender-related issues to discuss their activities and research. Our events offer a great opportunity for thinking about the future of gender issues in Japan and beyond.

Sawako Shirahase
Director of the TCJS
Professor of Sociology, the University of Tokyo

Past Events

2022年6月16日(木)
17:00 - 18:00 (JST)

翁百合 ㈱日本総合研究所 理事長 日本の経済社会の改革課題

2022年4月15日(金)
17:00 - 18:00 (JST)

楠田倫子 日本ロレアル株式会社 ヴァイスプレジデント コーポレートアフェアズ&エンゲージメント本部長 企業における女性活躍~日本ロレアルの事例

2022年2月17日(木)
9:00 - 10:00 (JST)

内藤佐和子 徳島市長 若手女性首長としてのやりがいと苦労

2022年1月27日(木)
17:00 - 18:00 (JST)

内永 ゆか子 NPO法人J-Win(ジャパン・ウィメンズ・イノベイティブ・ネットワーク)理事長 経営戦略としてのダイバーシティ・マネジメント

Friday, 17 December 2021
9:00 - 10:00 (JST)

Margarita Estevez-Abe Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University Gender, Partnership, and Preferences for Work-Family Reconciliation Policies

Thursday, 30 September 2021
9:00am - 10:00am (JST)

Young-Mi Kim Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Yonsei University Female Managers and the Gender Wage Gap: Workgroup Gender Composition Matters

2021年7月7日 (水)
9:00 - 10:00 (JST)

村木厚子 津田塾大学客員教授 「女性活躍」のための政策の動向と残された課題 ~若草プロジェクトの活動から見えてきたもの~

Wednesday, 26 May 2021
9:00 - 10:00 (JST)

Machiko Osawa Professor Emeritus, Japan Women’s University Japan’s Work-Life Balance Reconsidered

Tuesday, 11 May 2021
9:00 - 10:00 (JST)

Mary C. Brinton Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology, Harvard University Why Gender Inequality in Japan is Alive and Well

Wednesday, 24 March 2021
9:00 - 10:00 (JST)

Glenda Roberts Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University Married Japanese Salarywomen’s Strategies for Maintaining Careers and Well-Being in the 2000s

2021年2月22日 (月)
9:00 - 10:00 (JST)

上野千鶴子 東京大学名誉教授 NPO法人ウィメンズアクションネットワーク 「日本のジェンダー格差、なぜ解消しないのか」