Fellow's Seminar: Mr. Robin O'Day

Invitation to the Fellow’s Seminar Fiscal 2008-2009 (on February 12, 2009)

The Japan Foundation
Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Department

The Japan Foundation would like to welcome you to join us for the Fellows' Seminar for Fiscal 2008-2009. The presenter is Mr. Robin O'Day from Canada.

Date: Thursday, February 12, 2009
Time: 15:00-17:00
Venue: JFIC Space “KEYAKI” at the Japan Foundation Head Office.
The Japan Foundation headquarters moved to the new office.
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AdmissionAdmission Fee: Free
Language: English (no interpretation)
Contact: If you would like to attend the seminar, please notify Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Dept. by February 12, 2009 with your name, affiliation, and contact information (tel., fax or e-mail).
If you would apply by e-mail or fax, please be aware to write the name of the presenter and the date of the seminar in the title. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Tel: 03-5369-6069/ Fax: 03-5369-6041 E-mail
Presenter: Mr. Robin O'Day
Mr. Robin O’Day is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is currently a visiting researcher at Sophia University’s Institute of Comparative Culture.
Presentation Theme: “Neoliberalism, Work, and Conflict in Japan: An Ethnography of Social Movements"

Furiitaa, youth who work part-time, have become a permanent fixture in “post-bubble” Japan. Furiitaa work is generally associated with low pay and instability. Ideally, it is a temporary condition to be replaced with full-time employment.However, an increasing number of furiitaa are unable to make the transition.

My research focuses on a subgroup of furiitaa engaged in resistance activities. Through fieldwork with several labour oriented social movements, I look at how these different groups understand and confront the perception of growing inequality in the Japanese employment system. Broadly speaking, all these groups have similar desires in achieving better treatment for those in unstable working positions. However, the groups are quite diverse in terms of ideology and action.I suggest that the issues confronted by these groups, such as class, gender, and protest are indicative of the kinds of social changes occurring in conjunction with new forms of employment in Japan.

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