On September 12, 2016, Setsuya Fukuda presented findings from his analysis of data on the changes that have taken place over the past 30 years with respect to women entering and leaving the labor market in Japan. The demand for expansion of women’s participation in the workforce has become an increasingly pressing issue in 21st century Japan due to the country’s shrinking labor force and economy. How will gender relations and family behavior be affected by the expected increase in female labor force participation? How can policies effectively support these changes and help structuring Japan’s new social model? In this talk, Fukuda addressed these questions surrounding the issue of gender gaps in economic opportunities by presenting the latest policy initiatives on gender and family formation in Japan. He also discussed some of his own suggestions regarding how gender equity can be achieved in Japan’s gender revolution. The lunchtime talk was followed by a lively Q&A with audience members.
Setsuya Fukuda is a social demographer and full-time researcher at the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research in Japan where he conducts demographic research on the inter-relationships between gender, family formation and family policy. He received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Meiji University.