Faculty of Law Twilight Seminar Series - 'What is PM Abe's Work-style Reform and can it succeed?'

Presented by: Professor Vicki L. Beyer (Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo)

'What is PM Abe's Work-style Reform and can it succeed?'

As part of his "three arrows" approach to strengthening the Japanese economy, PM Shinzo Abe is pursuing monetary easing, fiscal stimulus and structural reforms, including so-called Work-style Reform. Japanese workers are well-known for being hard working. In fact, many literally work themselves into the grave. Stress-related mental illness is also on the rise in Japan. The penchant of Japanese workers for excessive working hours, combined with ever-increasing numbers of workers lacking job security, are widely regarded as the primary causes of these problems. Another issue is limited opportunities for women even as the workforce shrinks. PM Abe's work-style reform program seeks to eliminate these problems and thereby contribute to improving Japan’s economic outlook. But can Work-Style Reform succeed in changing the attitudes of both employers and workers to bring about true reform? What role can law reform play? Professor Beyer will overview Japan's long-standing system of life-time employment, current employment practices following Japan's prolonged economic downturn, and then discuss current direction and the likelihood of real change.

Is there anything here that can inform what's happening in the Australian workplace?  Come along and see!


Monday, 12 March 2018

5:30pm - 6pm light refreshments
6pm - 7pm Seminar


Case Study 1, Faculty of Law (4_3_37)
University Drive
Bond University

Campus Map (Best Parking: PG1 or PG2)

About the Speaker

Professor Beyer teaches Comparative Employment Law, Comparative Corporate Governance, American Business Law and Japanese Business Law in the Global Business Law program in the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. She worked as an in-house lawyer for multinational corporations for 17 years, specialising in labour/employment and corporate governance.  Professor Beyer has run and taught in the Temple University Law School Program in Japan, as well as at Bond University and four other Japanese Universities.