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Dr. Chikako Usui

Associate Professor of Sociology

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Office: 574C Clark Hall
Phone: 516-6763
E-Mail: chikako@umsl.edu

Education: Ph.D., Stanford University (Sociology)

Biography: Associate Professor, Fellow, Center for International Studies; Member, Graduate Programs in Gerontology; Affiliated Faculty, Washington University East Asian Studies
My teaching and research interests are comparative social and public policies, sociology of aging, political economy of Japan, and gender studies. Currently, I have two on-going research projects:  1) Entrepreneurship Initiatives, 2) Social consequences of Population Aging.

 Selected Published Works:

  1. Usui, C (ed.) (2011). Comparative Entrepreneurship Initiatives: Studies of China, Japan, and the USA. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

  2. Usui, C. (2010). “Japan’s Population Aging and Silver Industries.” In The Silver Market Phenomenon: Marketing and Innovation in the Aging Society (Second Edition) (edited by F Kohlbacher and C Herstatt). Springer, pp. 325-336.

  3. Usui, C. (2010) “Japan’s Demographic Changes, Social Implications, and Business Opportunities.” Peking University Business Review Vol. 70 (May): 94-97.

  4. Rosen, D & Usui, C (2009). The Social Structure of Japanese Intellectual Property Law. In The Philosophy of Law: Classic and Contemporary Readings (edited by L May and J Brown). Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, pp. 281-285. 

  5. Palley, H. & Usui, C. (2008) “Child Day Care Policy in Japan: An Examination of the Program and Its Impacts.” Journal of Comparative Social Welfare Vol. 24, No. 2 (October), 165-178.

  6. Usui, C. (2008) “Japan’s Demographic Changes, Social Implications, and Business Opportunities.” In The Silver Market Phenomenon: Business Opportunities in an Era of Demographic Change (edited by F Kohlbacher and C Herstatt). Springer, pp 71-82.

  7. Usui, C (2008). “Aging Society and the Transformation of Work in the Post-Fordist Economy.” In The Demographic Challenge: A Handbook about Japan (edited by F. Coulmas, H. Conrad, A. Schad-Seifert and G. Vogt). The Netherlands: Brill, Chapter 9, pp. 163-78.

  8. Coligon, R. A.,  C. Usui, H Kerbo & R. Slagter (2007). “Employee Commitment in U.S. and Japanese Firms in Thailand.” Asian Social Science 3 (11): 16-30.

  9. Usui, C (2007). “Asian Sociology.” The Handbook of 21st Century Sociology (edited by Clifton D. Bryant and Dennis L. Peck). Sage Publications, pp. 60-68.

  10. Usui, C (2006). “Japan’s Demographic Future and the Challenge of Foreign Workers.” In Local Citizenship in Recent Countries of Immigration(edited by T. Tsuda). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, pp, 37-62.

  11. Usui, C (2005). “Japan’s Frozen Future: Why Are Women Withholding Their Investment in Work and Family?” In Japanese Women: Lineage and Legacies (edited by Amy Thernstrom). Washington, D. C: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, pp. 57-68.

  12. Usui, C. & Colignon, R. A. (2004). Continuity and Change in Paths to Political Office: Ex-bureaucrats and Chiiriyo in Japan. Asian Business & Management3 (4, December): 395-416.

  13. Colignon, RA & Usui, C (2003). Amakudari: The Hidden Fabric of Japan’s Economy. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. (This book received a nomination for Barrington Moore Award by the Comparative & Historical Sociology section of the American Sociological association in 2004.)

  14. Usui, C (2003). Japan's Aging Dilemma? Asia Program Special Report 107: 16-22 (Washington, D. C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars).

  15. Usui, C, Rose, S., & Kageyama, R (2003). Women, Institutions, and Leadership in Japan Asian Perspective 27 (3): 85-123.

  16. Usui, C (2002). “Office ladies.” In Encyclopedia of Japanese Business and Management (edited by A Bird). London: Routledge Ltd, pp. 341-342.

  17. Usui, C (2002). “Salaryman.” In Encyclopedia of Japanese Business and Management (edited by A Bird). London: Routledge Ltd, pp. 390-391.

  18. Usui, C (2002). “Shibusawa Eiichi.” In Encyclopedia of Japanese Business and Management (edited by A Bird). London: Routledge Ltd, pp. 401-403.

  19. Usui, C (2002). “Women’s roles.” In Encyclopedia of Japanese Business and Management (edited by A Bird). London: Routledge Ltd, pp. 474-477.

  20. Usui, C (2001). The Misplaced Problems of Aging Society: Crisis or Opportunity?International House of Japan Bulletin 21(1): 42-55.

  21. Colignon, RA & Usui, C (2001). The Resilience of Japan's Iron Triangle Asian Survey 41 (5): 865-95.

  22. Rosen, D & Usui, C (2000).  The Social Structure of Japanese Intellectual Property Law. In Legal Philosophy: Multiple Perspectives (edited by L. May, N. E. Snow and A. Bolte). Mayfield Publishing Co., pp. 313-17.

  23. Usui, C (1998). Gradual Retirement: Japanese Strategies for Older Workers. InImpact of Work on Older Adults (edited by K. W.  Schaie & C. Schooler). New York: Springer, pp. 45-84.

  24. Usui, C & Palley, HA (1997).  The Development of Social Policy for the Elderly in Japan. Social Service Review 71 (3): 360-381.

  25. Usui, C & Colignon, RA  (1996).  Corporate Restructuring: Converging World Pattern or Societally Specific Embeddedness?  The Sociological Quarterly 37 (4): 551-578.

  26. Palley, HA & Usui, C (1995).  Social Policies for the Elderly in the Republic of Korea and Japan: A Comparative Perspective.  Social Policy and Administration 29(3):241-257.

  27. Usui, C & Colignon, RA  (1995).  Government Elites and Amakudari in Japan, 1963-1992 Asian Survey 35(7):682-698.

  28. Osen, D & Usui, C (1994).  The Social Structure of Japanese Intellectual Property Law.  UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal 13(1): 32-69.

  29. Usui, C (1994) Welfare State Development in a World System Context: Event History Analysis of First Social Insurance Legislation. In The Comparative Political Economy of the Welfare State: New Methodologies and Approaches (edited by T. Janoski & A. Hicks). New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 254-77.

  30. Usui, C (1993).  The Origin and Development of Modern Welfare-State Policies Among 60 Countries, 1880-1975.  Research in Political Sociology 6:39-69.Inkeles, A & Usui, C  (1989). Retirement Patterns in Cross-National Perspective.  In Social Structure and Aging: Age Structuring in Comparative Perspective (edited by D. Kertzer, J. Meyer, & K.W. Schaie). Hillsdale, N.J.: Erlbaum, pp. 227-61.