Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien nav lang search
Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien


Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 102-0094, Japan

03 – 3222 5077
03 – 3222 5420



Japanese-German Center Berlin [JDZB]
Friedrich Ebert Foundation [FES]
German Institute for Japanese Studies [DIJ]


Abstracts and speaker’s CVs

Registration Info

Participation is free, but by invitation only.

Work Style Reform, Gender Time Gap, Work-Life Balance, and Gender Equality in Japan and Germany

November 7, 2018


10 A.M.
Welcome remark

Franz Waldenberger
German Institute for Japanese Studies

Claudia Schmitz
Japanese-German Center Berlin

10:15 A.M.
Introduction: How Can We Overcome the Gender Time and Pay Gap for a Gender-equal Society?

Michiko Mae
Düsseldorf University, JDZB, Foundation Council

10:30 A.M.
Gender Time and Pay Gap

Steffen Heinrich
German Institute for Japanese Studies

Issues for ‘Society 5.0’, Poverty Reduction is a Vital Way of ‘Investment in Society’

Mari Osawsa
The University of Tokyo

„Comparable Worth“: Job Evaluation as a Blind Spot in the Analysis of the Gender Pay Gap?

Ute Klammer
Duisburg-Essen University

11:30 A.M.
Can “Work Style Reform” Create More Career Opportunities for Women?

Michiko Mae
Düsseldorf University

Will Setting the Upper Limit of Overtime Increase Japanese Women's Promotion Opportunities?

Yumiko Murao
Toyo University

Germany Needs More Individual Time Sovereignity for Women and Men to Reduce the Gender Pay Gap

Elke Holst
German Institute for Economic Research – DIW

12:30 P.M.

2 P.M.
Alternative Work Forms (Style) and Their Intra-organisationial Preconditions

Cindy Shirata
Tsukuba Gakuin University

Corporate Changes and Workplace Gender Division in Japan

Kumiko Nemoto
Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

Japan‘s In-house Career System - A Structural Barrier to Work Style Reform and Inclusion

Franz Waldenberger
German Institute for Japanese Studies

3 P.M.
Social and Political Preconditions for a Better Work Life Balance

Nora Kottmann
German Institute for Japanese Studies

Japan's Work Life Balance Policies: Characteristics and Limitations

Machiko Osawa
Japan Women’s University

Work Life Balance in Germany - The Role of the Government and Business

Ralf Kleindiek
Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group, former State
Secretary, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

4 P.M.
Coffee Break

4:30 P.M.
Panel discussion

Franz Waldenberger
German Institute for Japanese Studies

Shoko Takagi
Furukawa Denki

Laura Melfi

Noriko Akiyama
Asahi Shimbun

Kuniko Torayama
DIC Corporation

Shigeki Egami
Sato Holdings Corporation

6 P.M.
Closing Remarks

Franz Waldenberger
German Institute for Japanese Studies

6:15 P.M.
Buffet Reception

7:30 P.M.