Institute of Social Science The University of Tokyo

the University of Tokyo


Research Staff

Hiroshi Ishida

update at 18 May 2016

Division Department of Comparative Contemporary Societies
Research fields Comparative Social Stratification

Teaching and Research Appointments

January 1995 − March 1999 Assistant Professor, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo
April 1999 − Professor, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo
September 2001 − March 2002 Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan
January 2004 − May 2004 Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan
September 2010 − March 2011 Visiting Fellow, Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course, Yale University
April 2012 − March 2015 Director, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo

Publications (2015- )

  1. “The Absolute and Relative Values of Education and the Inequality of Educational Opportunity: Trends in Access to Education in Postwar Japan.” (with Sho Fujihara) Research in Social Stratification and Mobility (March, 2016).

Selected publications ( -2014)

  1. “Intergenerational Class Mobility in Post-war Japan” (with John H. Goldthorpe and Robert Erikson), American Journal of Sociology, 96: pp.954-992, January 1991.
  2. Social Mobility in Contemporary Japan: Educational Credentials, Class, and the Labour Market in a Cross-national Perspective, Macmillan Press and Stanford University Press, 1993.
  3. “Class Origin, Class Destination and Education: A Cross-national Comparison of Ten Industrial Nations” (with Walter Muller, and John Ridge), American Journal of Sociology, 101: pp.145-193, July 1995.
  4. “Gender Inequality in Authority and Autonomy in the Workplace in Japan, Britain, and the United States,” International Journal of Japanese Sociology, 4: pp.75-98, September 1995.
  5. “Stratification and Attainment in a Large Japanese Firm” (with Seymour Spilerman) , Alan Kerckhoff (ed.), Generating Social Stratification: Toward a New Generation of Research, Westview Press, pp.317-342, 1996.
  6. “Educational Credentials and Promotion Chances in Japanese and American Organizations” (with Seymour Spilerman and Kuo-Hsien Su), American Sociological Review, 62: pp.866-882, December 1997.
  7. “Educational Credentials and Labour-Market Entry Outcomes in Japan” Walter Muller and Yossi Shavit (eds.), From School to Work, Oxford University Press, pp.287-309, 1998.
  8. “Industrialization, Class Structure, and Social Mobility in Postwar Japan,” British Journal of Sociology, 52(4): pp.579-604, December 2001.
  9. “Models of Career Advancement in Organizations,” (with Kuo-Hsien Su and Seymour Spilerman) European Sociological Review, 18(2): pp.179-198, June 2002.
  10. “How Profitable Is Japanese Education?: An International Comparison of the Benefits of Education” (with Yumiko Yoshikawa), Social Science Japan, 25: pp.3-7, February 2003.
  11. “Entry into and Exit from Self-Employment in Japan”, Richard Arum and Walter Muller (eds.), The Reemergence of Self-Employment: A Comparative Study of Self-Employment Dynamics and Social Inequality, Princeton: Princeton University Press: pp.348-387, 2004.
  12. “The Persistence of Social Inequality in Postwar Japan”, Social Science Japan, 35: pp.7-10, October 2006.
  13. “Japan: Educational Expansion and Inequality in Access to Higher Education,” Yossi Shavit, Richard Arum, and Adam Gamoron (eds.), Stratification in Higher Education: A Comparative Study, Stanford: Stanford University Press: pp.63-86, 2007.
  14. Social Stratification and Social Mobility in Late-Industrializing Countries, (ed.), Tokyo: The 2005 SSM Research Committee, 2008, 206pp.
  15. “Japanese Society Seen from Class Mobility (in Japanese)” (with Satoshi Miwa), Japanese Sociological Review, 59: pp. 648-662, March 2009.
  16. Social Class in Contemporary Japan: Structures, Sorting and Strategies (edited with David Slater), Routledge, Nov, 2010, pp. 243.
  17. Hiroshi Ishida, Hiroyuki Kondo, and Keiko Nakao (eds.) Contemporary Stratified Japanese Society, Volume 2: Structure of Inequality and Mobility (in Japanese), University of Tokyo Press, September 2011, 349pp.
  18. “Health and Inequality,” Sawako Shirahase (ed.),Demographic Change and Inequality in Japan,Trans Pacific Press, pp. 125-150, November 2011.
  19. “School Discipline and Academic Achievement in Japan,” (with Satoshi Miwa) in Richard Arum and Melissa Velez (eds.), Improving Learning Environments, Stanford University Press, pp.163-195, 2012.
  20. “Educational Assortative Mating in Japan and the United States,” (with Akira Motegi) Social Science Japan 47 (September 2012): 3-8.
  21. “The Transition to Adulthood among Japanese Youths: Understanding Courtship in Japan,” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 646: pp.86-106, March 2013.
  22. “Inequality in Workplace Conditions and Health Outcomes,” Industrial Health, volume 51(August, 2013): 501-513.
  23. “The Lost Decade: Comprehensive Study on Chain and Accumulation of Disparities and Life Course Transformation of Young People in Contemporary Japan.” International Innovation, 166 (December, 2014): 62-64.

Topics of research

(1)Panel Study of Behaviors and Attitudes among the Japanese Youth
This study examines the process of cumulative advantages and disadvantages during the lifecourse among the Japanese youth. This research conducts panel surveys of the Japanese youth every year (Japanese Life Course Panel Surveys), in order to understand the changes in education, employment, family, health, and attitudes among the young people. The study is based on the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S) numbers 18103003 and 22223005 of the Japan Society for the Promotion of the Science.
(2)Structural Change in Social Stratification and the Mechanism of Generating Inequality in Ageing Society with Low Fertility
This study examines the impact of rapid demographic transformation on the changing shapes of social stratification in Japan. The study is supported by the Grant-in-Aid for Specially Promoted Research (number 25000001).
(3)Quantitative Data Analysis and Causal Inference in Social Sciences
The project focuses on studying various quantitative methods for social sciences and the ideas of causal inference from the observational data. It uses the Japanese Life Course Panel Surveys as the main data source and employs various methods for the analysis.

Educational Activities in 2016

Graduate Schools of Law and Politics, Graduate School of Public Policy, Graduate School of Education, and Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, University of Tokyo Social Research Methods