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NORTH Robert scott


Sociology (families and work, Japanese society, comparative sociology, law)




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  • 2002.10.01 - 2007.03.31, Human Sciences, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Associate Professor

  • 2007.04.01 - 2009.03.31, Human Sciences, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Associate Professor

  • 2009.04.01 - , Human Sciences, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Professor

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University of California, Berkeley   Graduated BA History 1980.06
University of Hawaii, Manoa   Graduated 1994.05
University of California, Berkeley   Graduated 2002.09

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University of California, Berkeley, Instructor, Dept. of Sociology 2002.01 - 2002.06
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Graduate Faculty of Human Sciences, Osaka University 2002.10 -
Associate Professor of Sociology, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University 2007.04 -
Osaka University, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Department of Sociology, Professor 2009.04 -

Research topics 【 display / non-display

  • sociology of labor and work, sociology of families, social theory

Academic Society Membership 【 display / non-display

  • Association for Asian Studies

  • American Sociological Association

  • International Sociological Association

  • Anthropology of Japan in Japan (AJJ)


Academic Papers 【 display / non-display

  • Overtime Reforms and Competing Visions of Work in Japan, Scott North,American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, 2017.12,, International Conference(Proceedings)

  • Abe Shinzō's Campaign to Reform the Japanese Way of Work, Shinji Kojima, Scott North and Charles Weathers, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus,Vol. 15, Issue 23, No. 3, 2017.11,, Papers

  • Interpreting Mr. Abe’s Sophisticated Work Hours Reform Proposals, Scott North,European Association for Japanese Studies, 2017.09,, International Conference(Proceedings)

  • Comparative Analysis of Higher Education: Towards International Career Development in Asia in the Globalizing Era, Junko Otani, Scott North, Viktoriya Kim, Mayumi Ishikawa and Fengyue Li, Annual Report of The Murata Science Foundation,31 413 -420, 2017.06, Other(In Japanese)

  • The dangerous agreement between government, labor and management will lengthen specially extended working hours under Article 36 of the Labor Standards Act, Scott North, Hatarakikata Activist Support Union Network, 2017.04,, Review Papers(In Japanese)

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Books 【 display / non-display

  • Special, Mapping Leisure: Studies from Australia, Asia and Africa. Chapter entitled, "Strategies of Leisure in Japan.", Scott North, Rawat Publications, ISBN, 978-81-361-0793-0, 2016.07

  • Textbook, Gender Studies: Learning about Women 's Studies, Men Studies (Revised Edition), Muta Kazue Ed., Osaka University Press, ISBN, 978-4-87259-497-3 C3036, 2015.03

  • Textbook, Gender Studies II. Chapter 4: Work-Life Conflict: Men's Nature or Men's Fault?, Muta Kazue, ed. , Osaka University Press, 2015.03

  • Special, Going to Court to Change Japan: Social Movements and the Law in Contemporary Japan. Ch. 2: Karōshi Activism and Japanese Civil Society. , Scott North, Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies (Book 77). Center for Japanese Studies, The University of Michigan Press , ISBN, 978-1929280834, 2014.11

  • Special, Globalized Fatherhood: Emergent Forms and Possibilities in the New Millennium. Ch. 2 Hiding Fatherhood in Corporate Japan. , Scott North, Berghahn Books, ISBN, 978-1-78238-437-3, 2014.10

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Awards 【 display / non-display

  • William L. Holland Prize (best article published in Pacific Affairs in 2009-2010), Charles Weathers, Scott North, Pacific Affairs, 2010.04

  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship, Robert Scott North, The Japan Foundation, 1997.10

  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (declined), Robert Scott North, United States Department of Education, Fulbright Commission, 1997.03

  • UC Berkeley Center for Working Families, Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Scott North, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 1999.01

  • UC Berkeley Dean's Dissertation Year Fellowship (2000~2001), Scott North, College of Letters and Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2000.08

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Media report 【 display / non-display

  • Japanese Firm to Use Drone to Force Overtime Staff to Go Home, BBC News , 2017.12

  • Working to Death, BFM 89.9 The Business Station (Malaysia), 2017.10

  • Asia Business Report, BBC WORLD NEWS (TV), 2017.10

  • Dentsu's Overtime Fine Put Spotlight on Japan's Work Culture, BBC News, 2017.10

  • Japan's Unique Death Benefit, Benefits Canada, 2017.01

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Lecture / Exhibition 【 display / non-display

  • International Comparative Study of Strategies for Human Resource Development in the Global Age, Thinking without Comparision is Unthinkable: Why You Must Travel, 2015.08

  • Japan Society for Karoshi Research, Worries about the Karoshi Countermeasures Promotion Law and Hopes for the Basic Law to Prevent Karoshi, 2015.05

  • Special Lecture Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Founding of Toyama College of Foreign Languages, Thinking about Work-Life Balance in Japan, 2015.04

  • Emergency Meeting to Stop the White Collar Exemption, The American White Collar Overtime Exemption and Workplace Conditions, 2015.02

  • Ethnographies of Hope in Contemporary Japan, Karoshi, Worker Hopes, and Japan's Cultures of Care, 2013.10

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Conference management 【 display / non-display

  • International Conference, Ethnographies of Hope in Contemporary Japan, Organizer, 2013.10

Outside Activity Management 【 display / non-display

  • Other, Yonsei University, Professor, Yonsei University Global Advisory Program, 2014.03 -

  • Other, Pacific Affairs (University of British Columbia), Pacific Affairs, Editorial Board Member, 2012.01 -

  • Academic society, International Sociological Association, Research Committee RC13 (Leisure), Vice President, 2011.07 - 2014.12

  • Academic society, International Sociological Association, Research Committee 07 (Futures Research), Board Member, 2009.01 - 2014.12


Other activities 【 display / non-display

  • Fulbright Scholarship Selection Committee member, 2017.10