RIWAC Research Institute for Women and Careers JAPAN WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY


Workshop :SPSS related to statistical analysis useful for social surveys

March 7~10,2022

The Research Institute for Women and Careers has held the “Statistical analysis useful for social surveys: SPSS Workshop” for students and staff of the university every year since 2012 to 2019, however, due to covid-19, we couldn’t hold the workshop for 2 years. Finally, this year, the workshop was held in a computer seminar room with the cooperation of the Media Center. In a series of four successive lectures, Researcher Kim Myoung-Jung of the NLI Research Institute spoke about basic knowledge and the basic operations of SPSS, data processing, cross tabulation, and the basics of statistical analysis (regression analysis). The workshop was divided into an Introductory Segment on March 7th (Mon.) and 8th (Tue.) and a Foundation Segment on the 9th (Wed.) and 10th (Thu.).

We got a great response & positive feedback from the participants of workshop.

The study session :Create the future. Practicing [Proactive Learning]. –Challenge of Future Skills Project

June 18, 2021

We had the online study session with Ms.Hirayama Kyoko-executive director of General Incorporated Association Future Skills project. General Incorporated Association Future Skills project has been conducting problem-solving model career education for industry-academia collaboration between companies and universities for 10 years. She introduced activities of Future Skills Project. There was a lively question and answer session with faculty and staff, which was a valuable opportunity to think about the ideal way of education.

The study session :Running Diversity and Human resource management

September 16, 2021

We held study session by Prof. Tateishi Emiko, Hosei University. She introduced the analysis results of two recent surveys on the impact of diversity management on the workplace in a company and the mechanism of employee-autonomous career support. In the question and answer session, the relationship with the Japanese human resource system was discussed. There was a various opinion with many participants.

The study session :Mid-career recruitment of women from the perspective of the [hello-work – The Public Employment Security Office]

October 29, 2021

We invited Reiko Suzuki from the Employment Security Division, Employment Security Department, Tokyo Labor Bureau to hold a study session. She talked about the changes in the employment situation from 2020 to 2021 which was affected by the Corona disaster, the characteristics of mid-career hiring of women, and the efforts of the human resources security support project. In addition, Mr. Koizumi and Mr. Tanaka – General Managers of Ikebukuro Hello Work explained the status of career counseling at the Mothers Corner in Ikebukuro Hello Work, cases report, and efforts of online counseling. There were many positive opinions about mid-career hiring of women and re-employment of women.

The study session : Current situation of recurrent education

February 28, 2022

We had study session with Mr. Kiichiro Inui- recurrent education researcher. Lectures were given on the situation of few voluntary learners among working adults, and efforts including practical examples, etc. He also explained the definitions of recurrent education and reskilling, which have been attracting attention these days. Although it was a limited time, the question and answer session was lively, and interesting discussions about the future of recurrent education.


The study session : Perspective of Raicho Hiratsuka

November 19, 2021

We invited Professor Emeritus Hiroko Kurata for our study session. She explained the life of Raicho Hiratsuka who is JWU alumni, the first literary magazine “Bluestocking” by women and its philosophy, the influence of Professor Naruse Jinzo, the controversy over maternity protection, the “New Women’s Association” movement, and the postwar peace movement. During the question and answer session, many opinions and questions were received and lively discussions took place.

[Report] Symposium “Reconsider female works in Coronavirus crisis”

March, 13, 2021

We held the symposium “Reconsider female works in Coronavirus crisis”.   Coronavirus crisis caused especially female workers a big effect. Wide-ranging panelists discussed inequality of equal employment opportunity of men and women in remote work, the crisis of female employment opportunity, problems and their countermeasures in Coronavirus crisis.

First, Prof. Kazuo Yamaguchi, the University of Chicago, delivered his presentation titled “Forwarding remote work and gender inequality under the effect of Covid-19” and introduced the results of the analysis about Covid-19 research data. He reported that the situation of gender inequality growing into serious problems varied according to the type of business and number of employees in Covid-19 crisis.

Next, Research director Yanfei Zhou, The Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training, delivered her presentation titled “Covid-19 and female employment crisis” and explained that there was the situation where female were more likely to be seriously affected than male such as terminated employment through the effect of employment opportunity in Covid-19 was concentrated in people in weak position from the wealth research data analysis. As the based research result, she stated a finding from “NHK and JILPT cooperative survey about Covid-19 and employment/livelihood”.

Then, Executive committee member Kumie Inoue, JTUC-RENGO, Japanese Trade Union Confederation, delivered her presentation titled “Female Influence and problems in Covid-19” and reported gender inequality in Covid-19 crisis introducing the results of the three researches conducted by JTUC-RENGO, “Attitude survey 2020 about a role in a family such as male childcare”, “Remote work survey 2020”, “Employment survey in Covid-19 crisis 2020”

Finally, the discussion was held by the above three panelists and Prof. Machiko Osawa, the director of RIWAC, as a coordinator. The center of the discussion was a solution of female work and they considered a more concrete solution organizing the panelist opinions. Due to the restriction against Coronavirus infection, only our students and faculty members were allowed to visit, and other people were invited to participate in the webinar. A total of about 120 people participated. We hope that Covid-19 crisis will be resolved as soon as possible.

The study session : Will gender gaps in the workplace be corrected or fixed?

January, 19, 2021

We held the study session by Prof. Kaoru Kanai, Saitama University. From the perspective of the need for care, in particular, she gave concrete and polite explanation of how legal measures encouraged companies to change their behavior and led to changes in employment types, including case studies of life insurance companies. A lively question and answer session was also held, including the effects of the Covid-19 disaster, and it was a very meaningful study session.

The study session : Will it be a true work style reform after the Coronavirus crisis? -The key is the life time approach- “

March 17, 2021

We held the study session by Lawyer Yumiko Akutsu. She gave us a very interesting story from the perspective of a lawyer, such as the fact that workers taking nursing care are fired and discriminated, such as the legalization of living time. There was a lively exchange of opinions with the participants on issues and prospects for work-style reform after the Coronavirus crisis.

The study session : Diversity Management in German and Swiss companies

March 2nd, 2021

We held the study session by Prof. Emiko Takeishi, Hosei University. She delivered presentation about the results of the case analysis of the interview survey on the status of personnel management in German and Swiss companies, based on the diversity of employment systems of European companies. The introduction of job-type employment is also considered in Japan, and there are many points that will be helpful in the future such as the roles of Personnel department and Managers, and a lively question and answer session was held with the participants.

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