Policy Research Domains (Major Policy Research Domains) I. Maintaining Economic Dynamism under the Adverse Demographic Conditions of Low Fertility and Aging Population

International Comparison of Measures to Improve Work-Life Balance and Consideration of Challenges Facing Japanese Companies

Project Leader/Sub-Leader


TAKEISHI Emiko Faculty Fellow



2008 - 2010

In Japan, corporations play an important role in creating a society that values a work-life balance (WLB), and the goal of this research was to determine the problems that corporations face when introducing and implementing WLB policies and to examine necessary measures to resolve these issues. We analyzed the policies and the current state of corporations and the workplace in Japan by comparing them to systems and policies in Europe and the U.S. and conducted surveys and interviews of corporations and other entities in England, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Using this data that makes international comparisons possible, we conduct an empirical study of the present state and issues related to WLB in Japan, which we then tie to important proposals.

June 18, 2008 - March 31, 2011

Major Research Results


RIETI Discussion Papers

RIETI Policy Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers