Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 102-0094, Japan
Tel: 03 – 3222 5198, Fax: 03 – 3222 5420
The lecture will be given in English. It will take place on Thursday, October 11th 2007 at 6.30 p.m. at the DIJ.
Admission is free, space is limited, so please register with Ms. Dinkel at the DIJ.
Labor market reform in aging Japan: A key for the structural reform plan
October 11, 2007 / 6.30 P.M.
Naohiro Yashiro, Professor, International Christian University
Under the pressure of population ageing and globalization, Japan’s economy is in need of reform in various fields. Labor market reform is a key in order to re-allocate human resources efficiently across industries and regions for creating better employment opportunities as well as to overcome the lengthy stagnation of the economy since the early 1990s.
Against this background, the so-called Japanese-specific employment practices must be re-assessed. The recently much-discussed “disparity” between regular and non-regular workers is not attributable to the profit-seeking market principle, but to the labor market practices established during the high growth era. Major issues of labor market reforms are to be discussed.
Naohiro Yashiro is a professor of economics at the International Christian University and a member of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy of the Japanese Government. He is a co-editor of The Economic Effects of Aging in the United States and Japan, and Health Care Issues in the United States and Japan (both from the University of Chicago Press).