TOKYO FORUM 2019 Shaping the Future

Parallel Session 6


Inequality in the Global Era: Searching for an Inclusive Future
Saturday 7, December
Fukutake Hall, Fukutake Learning Theater
Session Concept
The session, inequality in the global era: searching for an inclusive future, aims to discuss various inequality issues from the sociological and economic perspectives. The main topics related to socio-economic inequalities are gender, family, work, disability, and social policies. These aspects make up today’s society. First, gender disparity is one of the most serious and long-lasting social issues in Japan, and it is also found in other societies, albeit at different degrees. Second, class inequality has been discussed focusing on the labor market, which has been the backbone of social stratification. However, now, whether or not one has a job is not the only issue, and the kind of job or job arrangement is becoming more important. An increase in those having irregular work can be seen, and the difference between regular and irregular jobs is closely related to socio-economic inequality. Third, disability issues have not received enough attention in the Japanese society, and we cannot ignore them if we are aiming for inclusiveness in the future. We would like to discuss disability issues not only from the human rights perspective but also from the economic point of view. Finally, we will discuss how to make our society with social inequalities better for all from the perspective of welfare states and social policies.


10:00-10:05 Opening remark by Sawako Shirahase
Shirahase Sawako, Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo
10:05-10:40 Standard workers and non-standard workers: the medium-term trend
Kambayashi Ryo, Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University
10:40-11:15 Economic gender inequality in Japan and Korea
Yamaguchi Kazuo: Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago
11:15-11:50 Disability and Economy
Matsui Akihiko, Professor, Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo
11:50-12:10 Discussion about Economic Inclusiveness
13:45-14:20 Social well-being and social quality in a comparative perspective
Yee Jaeyeol, Professor, College of Social Science, Seoul National University
14:20-14:55 The welfare system and social policy in Korea in recent decade: Implication to East Asian countries
Song Ho Kuen: Chair Professor, POSTECH, Korea
14:55-15:30 Social investment as a strategy of equality
Joakim Palme: Professor of Political Science, Uppsala University
15:45-16:30 Discussions about Welfare Reform and Social Investment
Moderator: Shirahase Sawako, Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo
16:40-16:55 Wrap-up session
16:55-17:00 Closing remark by Sawako Shirahase