(1) Research Seminar:
The State of Art of Measuring Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK and Japan



Venue: Meeting Room 4 & 5, IPSS, Tokyo
Time: January 6th, 2012 9:00~17:00

Click on each speaker's name to read a short biography and download their presentation.

9:00-9:15 — Welcome
Dr Nishimura, Director, IPSS →

9:15-10:00 — Session 1
Masami Iwata, Japan Women's University:
Poverty and Social Exclusion in Japan —
An Overview from the 1990s and Recent Policy Responses

10:00-11:30 — Session 2: Inequality in Comparative Context
Danny Dorling, University of Sheffield:
Is Japan more equal than the UK?

Tomoki Nakaya, Ritsumeikan University:
Regional inequality in UK and Japan

11:30-12:00 — Lunch

12:00-13:30 — Session 3: Measuring PSE
David Gordon, University of Bristol:
Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK: The State of the Art

Jonathan Bradshaw, University of York:
Child Poverty and Social Exclusion

13:30-15:00 — Session 4: Comparing Socially Perceived Necessities
Christina Pantazis, University of Bristol:
The Necessities of Life in the UK

Aya Abe, IPSS:
Public Perception of Necessities in Japan

15:00-15:30 — Break

15:30-17:00 — Session 5: Comparing Minimum Income Standards
Abigail Davis, Loughborough University:
Comparing Minimum Income Standards: MIS in the UK

Atsuhiro Yamada, Keio University & Yuka Uzuki, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology in Japan
Applying MIS (Minimum Income Standard) in Japan

18:00 — Welcome Dinner

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Shuzo Nishimura

Shuzo Nishimura is currently the Director-General of the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (NIPSSR), a research arm of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan. He was Economics Professor in Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University. He graduated from Kyoto University. Research Fellow of Harvard University, he worked in Yokohama National University. Applying the System Theory, he analyzes the relationship between medical services and costs, aiming at an establishment of new fields of Economics such as Clinical Economics, etc. His specialized research field includes Health Economics, Public Economics, Economics of Insurance and Social Security Study. He has participated in the research projects including "Comprehensive study on Social Security Statistics" and "The Studies on Human Resource Aspects of Social Services and Financing of Social Security System" (Health and Labour Sciences Research Grants).

Selected Recent Publications

Economics of Insurance and Pension Plans (in Japanese), Nagoya University Press (2000)

Confronting a Super-aged Society (in Japanese), Nagoya University Press (2003)

Behavioral Health Economics (in Japanese), with Takanori Ida and Rei Goto, Nippon Hyoron Sha (2009)

"Discrete choice experiment of smoking cessation behaviour in Japan", with Rei Goto, Takanori Ida, Tobacco Contorol, Vol. 16, No.5 (2007)

"Cost impact of COPD in Japan: Opportunities and challenges?" Respirology, pp.466-473 (2004)