Past eventResearch Event

Demography, Gender and the Problems of Japan's Economy

25 March 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Chatham House, London


TJ Pempel, Jack M. Forcey Professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Chair: John Swenson-Wright, Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House



The speaker will argue that Japan’s economic problems are exacerbated by the fact that its social and employment policies favour age over youth, and men over women. In order for its economy to improve, Japan will need to loosen its rigid labour laws, encourage greater mobility and improve women’s career opportunities. Until Japan begins rewarding creativity and productivity in the workplace rather than longevity, Abenomics will fail to have the desired effect.

This event is funded by the Nippon Foundation and held in partnership with them and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.