WMU News

Waseda University expert discusses Japanese labor issues

March 28, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Glenda Roberts, professor of the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University, Tokyo, gives a free, public talk on comtemporary Japanese labor issues at 2 p.m. Monday, April 4, in 3301 Friedmann Hall on the campus of Western Michigan University.

Roberts' lecture is titled, "Balancing Work and Life in Corporate Japan: Moms, Dads, and Dual Careers." She has extensive experience conducting fieldwork in Japan and has published widely on the subject of women and labor in contemporary Japan.

Sponsoring Roberts' lecture are the WMU Friends in Japan Endowment, Women's Studies and the departments of Anthropology, Comparative Religion and Political Science.

WMU Friends in Japan is a group of more than 400 alumni and friends of the university spread across Japan. In 2003, about 20 members of the friends, visited the Kalamazoo campus and presented President Judith I. Bailey with $15,000--a gift honoring WMU's centennial that was added to an endowment established by the friends in 1996. The endowment supports scholarships for WMU students to study in Japan, as well as study tours, cultural events, lectures and Japanese studies.

For more information about the April 4 lecture, contact Dr. Stephen G. Covell, assistant professor of comparative religion, at s.covell@wmich.edu or (269) 387-4365.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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