The True Story of "Women's Empowerment" in Japan

Keiko Hirao, Professor of Sociology and Global Environmental Studies

Unexpected Consequences of Work and Family Policies

Professor Keiko Hirao is a sociologist specializing in the intersections among family, education and work. Her main research interests include gender stratification, intergenerational relations, human capital development, and sustainable lifestyles. She joined the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies in 2009, after having taught at the Department of Philosophical Anthropology for ten years. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and M.A. in International Relations from Sophia University.

Professor Keiko Hirao is currently involved in the Comparative Research on Climate Change Policy Network that concerns the cross-national comparisons of the institutions, ideas and interests that bring about different national policy responses to global climate change. The participating countries include Japan, U.S., Korea, China, Germany, England, and Greece. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Japanese General Social Survey. Her other research projects include: gender analyses of pro-environmental activities, and life-course analyses of the so-called “lost generation,” the youth born after 1970; comparative family research in Japan, Korea and China.

Professor Keiko Hirao is the author of Invisible Hand and Invisible Heart: A Horizon of Work and Family (Sophia University Press, 2015), Child Rearing War Front (Chobunsha, 1991, in Japanese) and chapters in Political Economy of Japan’s Low Fertility (Frances Rosenbluth, ed., Stanford University Press, 2006), Women’s Working Lives in East Asia (Mary Brinton, ed., Stanford University Press, 2001), Working and Mothering: Images, Ideologies and Identities (Theresa W. Devasahayam and Brenda S.A. Yeoh, eds., NIAS Press, 2007), and Thinking Body as Intelligence (Mamoru Suzuki, ed., Gakken Marketing, 2014). ,/p>