Genda Yūji
  • Genda Yūji 
  • By this author: 4 Latest posted: 2017.08.14
Professor at the University of Tokyo Institute of Social Science. Specializes in labor economics. Received his doctorate in economics from Osaka University. Has been a visiting researcher at Harvard University and the University of Oxford and a professor at Gakushūin University. Publications include Kiki to koyō (Crisis and Employment); Koritsu mugyō (SNEP) (Solitary Non-Employed Persons); Shigoto no naka no aimai na fuan (trans. A Nagging Sense of Job Insecurity), awarded the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities; and Jobu kurieishon (Job Creation). Member of the editorial committee.
Why Are Wages Not Rising Despite the Labor Shortage?2017.08.14

According to standard economic theory, a shortage of workers will cause wages to rise. Why is this not happening in Japan? Is it because of insufficient capital investment, as the government suggests? Other factors may be more important, notably the weakness of companies’ on-the-job training. And given the rigidity of regular wages, greater flexibility in bonus payments seems like a better route t…

Shifting the Employment Debate: “Nonregular” Focus Distracts and Misleads2016.03.22

Nonregular employment is now said to account for around 40% of all jobs in Japan. There is a huge gulf in conditions between regular employees (seishain) and nonregular employees (hi-seishain). In a bid to eliminate this gulf, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō pledged to bring about “equal pay for equal work” in his January 2016 policy speech. Closing the gap will not be an easy task, however. Companie…

Japan’s Employment System in Transition2015.01.15

Japan’s employment system is in the midst of a historic upheaval. In a society once famous for lifetime employment, permanent positions are becoming increasingly hard to come by, even as long-term labor shortages loom. Genda Yūji uses historical data to analyze these changes and stresses the need for a new employment paradigm that balances stability against flexibility while tapping the potential …

A Growing Demographic: The Isolated and Non-employed2014.02.17

Despite indications that Japan may finally be heading for an economic recovery, one serious malady continues to afflict the country: a rapidly increasing population of unmarried and unemployed people aged 20 to 59. Professor Genda Yūji of the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Social Science, who introduced the concept of the “Solitary Non-Employed Person,” sounds the alarm.

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