12 May 2017

Labour Policy Forum on the Future of Work

The ILO and the Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training (JILPT) co-organize a symposium on the future of work in Japan. The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, The Japan Association for Advancement of ILO Activities, Japanese Trade Union Confederation JTUC-RENGO and Japan Business Federation will attend the forum.

Aging population with declining birthrate, and technological innovation such as the Internet of things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are expected to significantly change population, industrial, and employment structures as well as socioeconomic systems. As a result, a more diverse and flexible work styles are expected from working individuals. Through the keynote speech by Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO, and panel discussions by representatives from sectors including academia and the private sector, the forum presents an opportunity to think about how the companies and people will change or should change the way they work in the future. (*Simultaneous interpretation provided.)


  • 14:00 Opening Remarks by Kazuo Sugeno, President, JILPT
  • 14:05 Keynote adress by by Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO + Q&A session

  • 14:45 Keynote Report by Keiichiro Hamaguchi, Senior Research Director, JILPT
  • 15:25 Panel Discussions
    Coordinator: Prof. Shinya Ouchi, Professor of Law at Kobe University Graduate School of Law
  • Hiroshi Tokumaru, Chairman of Sub-Committee on International Labour, Committee on Employment Policy, Japan Business Federation (KEIDANREN)  
  • Takao Yasunaga, Assistant General Secretary, Japanese Trade Union Confederation (RENGO)
  • Reiko Kanda, Executive Vice President, Nippon Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA)
  • Keiichiro Hamaguchi, Senior Research Director, JILPT
16:40 Closing Remarks by Akiko Taguchi, Director, ILO Office for Japan


Attendance: Please contact the Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training (JILPT)
Inquiries: The Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training (JILPT)
Public Relations Planning Section
Address 4-8-23, Kamishakujii, Nerima-ku. Tokyo
Tel(03)5903-6264 Fax (03)5903-6114 E-mail: forum@jil.go.jp