Japanese / UK Comparative Research on Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion

(3) Open Seminar:
Tackling Child Poverty: Lessons from the UK and New Frontiers in Japan



Venue: Doshisha University, Kyoto
Time: January 9th, 2012 10:00~17:00

10.00 — Opening Words
Toshiaki Tachibanaki, Doshisha University

10.10 — Session 1: Child Benefits
Jonathan Bradshaw, University of York:
The New Government and Family Related Benefits in the UK

Michihiko Tokoro, Osaka City University:
Policy Responses to Child Poverty and the Limits of Japanese Welfare System: Lessons from Child Benefit Reform

12.00 — Lunch

10.10 — Session 2: Understanding Child Poverty and Social Exclusion
Moderator: Hirotoshi Yano, Mukogawa Women's University

Esther Dermott, University of Bristol:
Promoting Parenting: a UK response to improving outcomes for children

Comment: Aya ABE (IPSS)

Ichiro Matsumoto, Hokkaido University:
Child poverty and 'overlapping disadvantages'

Comment: Christina Pantazis (University of Bristol)

14.45 — Break

10.10 — Session 3 Tackling Child Poverty
Moderator: M.Mensendiek, Doshisha University

Naomi Yuzawa, Rikkyo University:
Child poverty and social work

Comment: Aya ABE (IPSS)

T. Uzuhashi, Doshsiha University:
Enhancing 'Competency of Children in Poverty (in Japanese)
Poverty and Competency of Children (in English)

Comment: David Gordon (University of Bristol)

16.45 — Closing Words

17.15 — Close

Michihiko Tokoro

Michihiko Tokoro is currently associate professor of Human Life Science (Social Services and Clinical Psychology) at Graduate School of Human Life Science, Osaka City University. He received his PhD degree in Social Policy and Social Welfare from the University of York, UK. His research is on social policy, family policy, social security and comparative welfare state research, especially focusing on how to restructure the social security and social welfare system for the diversification of family structures, such as an increase in single-parent families and a decline in the birth rate. His main research interest also covers the widening economic inequality, social exclusion and poverty in modern society and the strategies to combat them, together with the future directions of social security including employment, income security and social welfare.

Selected Recent Publications

"Among the Comparison of Family Policy" in Uzuhashi, T. (eds.) Among the Comparison of Welfare State (in Japanese), Minerva (2003)

"The Social Care System for Older People in Japan and the Role of Informal Care: Long-term Care Insurance Five Years On" in Balloch, S. and Hill,M. (eds.) CareCommunity and Citizenship: Research and Practice in a Changing Policy Context,Policy Press (2007)

"Ageing in Japan: Family Changes and Policy Development" in Fu, T. and Hughes, R. (eds.) Ageing in East Asia: Challenges and Policies for the Twenty-First Century, Routledge (2009)

"The Decade of Social Security under New Labour" (in Japanese), International Social Security Research, No.169 (2009)

"The Development and Current Status of Poverty Study in Britain" (in Japanese), The Study of Poverty, No.4 (2010)

Social Welfare (in Japanese), with Hiraoka, K., Sugino, A. and Shizume, M., Yuhikaku (2011)

"International Social Welfare: United Kingdom" in Ohashi, K., Shirasawa, M. (eds.) Modern Society and Welfare (in Japanese), Minerva (2012)