Charles Weathers

Rank Professor
Degree Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley
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  • 1978 B.A. : University of Kansas (English and French)
  • 1986 M.A. : University of Virginia (Government)
  • 1995 Ph.D. : University of California, Berkeley (Political Science)


  • 1995-98 : Hitotsubashi University, Institute of Economic Research, Post-doctoral Research Fellow
  • 1998-2003 : Associate Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Osaka City University
  • 2003- : Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Osaka City University

Class Taught

Comparative Industrial Relations and Political Economic Analysis

About Me

My research is on Japan’s political economy, primarily labor-management relations, with some comparative research, especially with the US. I have recently focused on public and service sector labor problems, community unions, and neoliberal policymaking.

Message to Students

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Research Field

Political economy, labor

Research Keywords

Political economy, public sector workers, public service workers, labor unions, neoliberal

Affiliated Academic Organizations

Japan Association for Social Policy Studies; Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics; European Association for Japanese Studies; American Political Science Association; Association for Asian Studies

Selected Publications:

  1. “The Contradictions of the Womenomics Campaign: Abe Shinzō’s Employment. Reforms and Japan’s Public Service Workers.” U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal (Fall 2018).
  2. “Enter the Workers: Japan’s Changing Childcare Controversy.” Social Science Japan Journal (February 2017).
  3. “Reformer or Destroyer? Hashimoto Tōru and Populist Neoliberal Politics in Japan.” Social Science Japan Journal (Winter 2014).
  4. America’s Labor Union movement: The Revival of Unions Against Conservatism [written in Japanese], Showado, 2010.
  5. “In Search of Strategic Partners: Japan’s Campaign for Equal Opportunity.” Social Science Japan Journal (April 2005).