Institute of Social Science The University of Tokyo

the University of Tokyo



Research Staff

Yuji Genda

Division Department of Comparative Contemporary Economics
Research Fields Labor Economics

Teaching and Research Appointments

April 2002 −
March 2007
Associate Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo
April 2007 − Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo
April 2021 −
March 2024
Director, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo
April 2024 − Executive Vice President, The University of Tokyo

Topics of Research

1Researches for Non-employed and Unstable Employed Persons in Japan
2Researches on the Influence of Disasters on Employment

Selected Publications

  • “Japan: Wage Differentials and Changes since the 1980s”, Toshiaki Tachibanaki (ed.), Wage Differentials: An International Comparison, Macmillan Press, 1998, pp.35-71.
  • “Job Creation and Destruction in Japan; 1991-1995” Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, 12, 1998, pp.1-23.
  • “Japanese Labour in the 1990s: Stability and Stagnation” (with M. Rebick), Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 16(2), 2000, pp.85-102.
  • “Labour Market Performance and Job Creation/Destruction in Italy and Japan,” (with M.G. Pazienza, and M.Signorelli), Andrea Bolto, Alessandro Vercelli, and Hiroshi Yoshikawa(eds.), Comparing Economic Systems: Italy and Japan, Hampshire: Palgrave, 2001, pp.135-157.
  • “Transition from School to Work in Japan” (with M. Kurosawa), Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, 15, 2001, pp.465-488.
  • “Declining Self-employment in Japan” (with R. Kambayashi), Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, 16, 2002, pp.73-91.
  • “Who Really Lost Jobs in Japan?: Youth Employment in an Aging Japanese Society”, Seiritsu Ogawa, Toshiaki Tachibanaki, and David A. Wisein (eds.) Labor Markets and Fringe Benefit Policies in Japan and the United States, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2003, pp.103-133.
  • A Nagging Sense of Job Insecurity: The New Reality Facing Japanese Youth, LTCB International Library Trust, International House of Japan, March 2005, pp.203.
  • “Ageing and Employment in Japan” (with Hiroshi Teruyama, Souichi Ohta, Ryo Kambayashi, and Mamiko Ishihara), Koichi Hamada and Hiromi Kato (eds.) Ageing and the Labor Market in Japan, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2007, pp.1-23.
  • “Jobless Youths and the NEET Problem in Japan,” Social Science Japan Journal, 10(1), 2007, pp.23-40.
  • “The Endless Ice Age-A Review of the Cohort Effect in Japan”(with Souichi Ohta and Ayako Kondo), The Japanese Economy, Vol.35, No.3, Fall 2008, pp.55-86.
  • “Long-term Effects of a Recession at Labor Market Entry in Japan and the United States” (with Ayako Kondo and Souichi Ohta), Journal of Human Resources Vol.45, No.1, Winter 2010, pp.157-196.
  • “Have Jobs and Hope Gone Forever in Japan? From Family and Firms to a New Social Network,” Purnendra Jain and Brad Williams(eds.) Japan in Decline: Fact or Fiction? Folkestone: Global Oriental, 2011, pp.187-204.
  • “Non-permanent employees who have become permanent employees: What awaits them after crossing status or firm borders to become “permanent” Japan Labor Review Vol.8, Number 3, 2011, pp.28-55.
  • “No Place to Belong,” Reimaging Japan” McKinsey & Company(eds.)The Quest for a Future that WorksMcKinsey & Company, 2011, pp.170-175, VIZ Media: San Francisco.
  • “Young, Japanese, and Not in Education, Employment, or Training: Japan's Experience with the NEET Phenomenon,“ Sawako Shirahase (ed.) Demographic Change and Inequality in Japan, Melbourne: Trans Pacific Press, 2011, pp.76-97.
  • “Poverty and Exclusion in Japan: Young People and their Hope,” Marc Humbert and Yoshimichi Sato(eds.) Social Exclusion: Perspectives from France and Japan, Trans Pacific Press, 2012, pp.32-43.
  • “Future Employment Policy Suggested by the Post-Earthquake Response,” Japan Labor Review Vol.9, Number 4, 2012, pp.86-104.
  • “The Solitary Non-Employed Persons (SNEPs): A New Concept of Non-Employment,” Japan Labor Review Vol.10, Number 4, 2013, pp.6-15.
  • “A Growing Demographic: The Isolated and Non-employed,”, 2014.02.17.
  • “Minamata,” edited by Daisuke Naito, Ryan Sayre, Heather, Swanson, and Satsuki Takahashi, New Pacific Press, 2014, pp.20-21.
  • Japan's Employment System in Transition,”, 2015.01.15.
  • “Does downsizing take a toll on retained staff? An analysis of increased working hours in the early 2000s in Japan,” (with S.Kuroda, and S. Ohta), Journal of the Japanese and International Economies Vol.36, pp.1-24, 2015.
  • “The Japanese labour market during the global financial crisis and the role of non-standard work: A micro perspective,” (with A. Hijzen, R. Kambayashi, H.Teruyama), Journal of the Japanese and International Economies Vol.38, pp.260-281, 2015.
  • Shifting the Employment Debate: “Nonregular” Focus Distracts and Misleads,”, 2016.03.22.
  • “Freeter (Permanent part-timer)” in Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd Edition, edited by George Ritzer, Blackwell Publishing, 2016.
  • “Stories of hope,” The World Book of Hope, edited by Leo Bormans, 2016, pp.214-217, Tielt, Belgium: Lannoo Publishers.
  • “An International Comparison of Hope and Happiness Between Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States,” Social Science Japan Journal, 2016.
  • “Hope and Society in Japan,” The Economy of Hope, edited by Hirokazu Miyazaki and Richard Swedberg, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017, pp.97-125.
  • “Employees who do not know their labour contract term and the implications for working conditions: Evidence from Japanese and Spanish microdata,” (with Markus Heckel and Ryo Kambayashi), Japan & The World Economy, March 2019,Vol.49,pp.95-104
  • Solitary Non-Employed Persons: Empirical Research on Hikikomori in Japan, Singapore: Springer, 2019,pp.124.
  • “Hints from the combination of labor economics, Social Sciences of Hope and Social Sciences of Crisis Thinking: Toward ways of working able to respond to abnormality and change,” Discuss Japan – Japan Foreign Policy Forum, No.59, June 2020
  • “We Are Approaching the Limits of Having Only Policies that Preserve Employment!: The Largest Number of People Taking a Leave of Absence Since World War II—What Has Happened in the Labor Market? ” Discuss Japan – Japan Foreign Policy Forum, No.62, Nov 2020
  • “Employment policy issues in light of Abenomics: Aims of the policy to raise the minimum wage and negative scenarios.” Discuss Japan – Japan Foreign Policy Forum, No.62, Jan 2021
  • “Tracking the Legacy of the Employment Ice Age: A Data-Based Assessment.”, 2023.03.15,
  • How the Pandemic Changed Work in Japan: Bearing Witness through Data, edited by Yuji Genda and Makiko Hagihara, Keio University Press, Transpacific Press, 2024, pp.284.

Educational Activities

Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo Topics in Employment System