The 34th Symposium on International Labour Issues

【10/14 Webinar】Sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and skills development Reskilling / Upskilling

  • Date and time: Thu. 14th October, 13:00-15:00 (JST) / Webinar (ZOOM)
  • Organized: ILO Office for Japan / The Ohara Institute for Social Research, Hosei University (OISR)
  • Cooperated: The NPO The Japan Association for Advancement of ILO Activities
  • Language: Japanese
  • Application: Please apply through Registration Form by 12th October 17:00 (JST).  Meeting link will be sent to the applicant's e-mail address on 13th October.
On June 17, 2021, the International Labour Conference adopted the Global Call to Action for a Human-Centred Recovery in addressing growing inequalities caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The Call to Action is grounded in the ILO’s Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work’, adopted at the 2019 ILC and its human-centred approach*. 

The COVID-19 crisis has had a majour influence on all workers and employers, but its impact has varied across industry sectors, to the extent that it has threatened people's long-term livelihoods, and there are concerns about deepening inequality. “Reskilling / Upskilling”, in which people acquire, update and improve their skills, is important for getting new jobs and adapting to a rapidly changing work environment.  In addition, the process of learning to acquire skills leads to sustainable recovery through the joy of learning and connections between people, which strengthens social solidarity and trust.

The second segment of the ILC, to be held from 25 November to 11 December, will discuss the issue of inequality and the world of work, as well as skills and lifelong learning.  In this symposium, we will discuss the global calling for public and private investment in skills development and lifelong learning, seeing the acquisition and improvement of skills not only as a way to avoid being left behind in the competition, but also as critical to a sustainable, human-centered recovery.

*The human-centred approach to the future of work, which puts workers’ rights and the needs, aspirations and rights of all people at the heart of economic, social and environmental policies.


Opening remarks:
- Mr. Shinichi Takasaki, Director, ILO Office for Japan
- Dr. Akira SUZUKI, Director and Professor, the Ohara Institute for Social Research, Hosei University

Keynote lecture: [Video Message]
“Sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and skills development – Reskilling / Upskilling”
- Mr. Srinivas B Reddy, Branch Chief, Skills and Employability Branch, Employment Policy Department, ILO HQ

Presentation from the Academics:
- Dr. Miki Tsutsui, HOSEI University

Presentation from Practitioners:

- Ms. Myogetsu Sasaki, Johonowa Corporation / NPO-Zutto

Comments from social partners:

- Mr. Tomohiro Uchino, Chief Officer for Overseas Cooperation Negotiation and Technical Cooperation, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
- Ms. Akiko Gono, Member of Workers’ Group of ILO Governing Body / Advisor on international affairs, Japanese Trade Union Confederation
- Mr. Tsuneyuki Tanaka, Deputy Director, Labour Legislation Bureau, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)


Moderator: Dr. Munenori Suzuki, Deputy Director and Professor, the Ohara Institute for Social Research, Hosei University