The United States, Japan, and the Rise of Telework during the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Thursday, February 4, 2021
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. EST
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About the Program
As both the U.S. and Japan respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, a major shift has occurred towards support for and use of teleworking as a way to safely continue to engage in certain types of job fields. While not an option for all labor market segments, the growth of telework raises a number of interesting questions about the future of certain types of economic activities in both countries, with implications for growth, worker safety, socialization, office space demand, equitable access to broadband internet, privacy, and a host of other issues.
In order to explore these issues, on February 4, 2021, the RAND Corporation will convene a conference that will bring together experts on work and society from the U.S. and Japan to discuss how the two sides of the Pacific are adapting to the challenges of working on-line during COVID, what changes are likely to fade and which will prove more permanent when the pandemic eases, what policy questions leaders in each country are grappling with, and any lessons the two countries can learn from each other's experiences and responses. Former U.S. Secretary of Labor (1993 – 1997) the Hon. Robert B. Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Policy, University of California at Berkeley will provide a set of keynote remarks.
Protecting Workers' Employment and Health during a Pandemic
Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley
22nd U.S. Secretary of Labor (1993 – 1997)
Will the Pandemic Lead to Permanent Shifts in the Way Americans Work?
Social Scientist, The RAND Corporation
Associate Director, RAND Center for Global Risk and Security
How the Pandemic is Changing the Way Japan Works
Dean of the Meiji University Professional Graduate School
Professor, Meiji University
Senior Political Scientist, The RAND Corporation
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