Virtue or Vice? Women and Work in Post-war Japan

Activity: Talk or presentationScience to science


The principal themes of the paper are an examination of the Japanese labor system, with a particular focus on the historical role of women as well as the importance of women in the post‐war system. Post‐war labor institutions in Japan such as so‐called lifetime employment and seniority wages arose out of historical conditions and within a particular historical framework. Although Japan had a period of extremely rapid growth and remains one of the world's largest economies, it has also more recently seen decades of stagnation and increasing criticism for the underutilization of its female labor force. This paper examines both the rationale and implications behind the Japanese labor system and the role of women within it. The methodology consists of a comprehensive literature review to determine both the state of the art as well as the historiography surrounding both the praise and criticism of the Japanese system.
Period3 Aug 20157 Aug 2015
Event titleVXIIth World Economic History Congress
Event typeUnknown
Degree of RecognitionInternational