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ICAS Special Program

Japan’s “ブラック企業”(exploitative enterprise or “black” kigyo) problem and its solutions

Tuesday, November 28, 2017   18:30 - 21:00

  • Toshio Takagi (Associate Professor in the Department of Business Design at Showa Women’s University)

This event is to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) and TUJ’s new partnership with Showa Women’s University (SWU). A reception with light refreshments will follow the discussion.

“ブラック企業” (exploitative enterprise or “black” kigyho) are exploitative enterprises known for mistreating their workers through harassment, overwork without pay, and other violations of Japan’s labor laws and constitutionally-enshrined rights. In some cases, they have been held responsible for killing their employees through “過労死” (overwork death or karoshi).

Japan’s “ブラック企業” (exploitative enterprise or “black” kigyho) aren’t typical sweatshops like those of developing countries. They profit from the Japanese sense that the company is a family, where the harsh but fair boss has a right to demand a form of filial piety and obedience.

Professor Tagaki will explain how Japanese workers look at the trade-offs between overtime and social relations. The key implication of his research is how organizations can be changed to enhance the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.

RSVP is requested by November 15, 2017. Please register online.


Date & Time:
Tuesday, November 28, 2017   18:30 - 21:00 (Doors open at 18:00)
1F Parliament, Azabu Hall
Temple University, Japan Campus
2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Robert Dujarric (ICAS Director)
Please register here.


Toshio Takagi

Associate Professor in the Department of Business Design at Showa Women’s University

Professor Takagi earned his bachelor’s degree in management from Chiba University of Commerce. He later received a Master of Business Administration degree from Meiji University with Highest Honor. While working on his Ph.D., he was recruited to become a research associate for Meiji University’s School of Business Administration. He taught for eight years at Okinawa University and served as the chairperson for the Department of Law and Economics. He has also worked at UCLA as a visiting scholar. In 2016, he joined the faculty of Global Business at Showa Women’s University.