(2) Public Symposium:
Is Japan an Equal Society? Policies against Poverty and Social Exclusion



What is Social Exclusion?
Lessons from the UK, Hopes for Japan

Venue: North Hall, Keio University, Tokyo
Time: January 7th, 2012 13:00~17:15

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13.00 — Opening Words
Dr Nishimura, Director, IPSS →

13.15 — Keynote Speeches
David Gordon, University of Bristol:
Poverty and Social Exclusion Policies in the UK

Makoto Yuasa, Head, Social Exclusion Unit Japan:
The Success and Failures of Social Inclusion Policy in Japan

15.00 — Break

15.15 — Panel Discussion
Moderator: Aya Abe, NIPSSR

David Gordon, Bristol University
Makoto Yuasa, Social Exclusion Unit Japan
Jonathan Bradshaw, York University
Christina Pantazis, Bristol University
Kohei Komamura, Keio University
Masami Iwata, Japan Women's University
Toshiaki Tachibanaki, Doshisha University

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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)