Machiko Osawa

Professor, Faculty of Integrated Arts and Social SciencesJapan Women's University


Machiko Osawa is a professor of economics at Japan Women’s University, and is also the director of the Research Institute for Women and Careers. She received her MA in economics from Eastern Illinois University (1977) and PhD in economics, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1984). She was a  researcher at the Center for Social Sciences, Columbia University (1980-84), a Hewlett Fellow at the University of Chicago (1984-86), a senior researcher, at the Japan Institute of Labor (1987-90), and associate professor of economics at Asia University (1990-96). She served on advisory boards for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology; Ministry of Health, Welfare and Labor; Prime Minister’s Gender Equality Bureau; and Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. Osawa is author of various books, most recently When Housewives Return to the Labor Market-Towards Second Chance Society  (NTT Shuppan, 2012); What’s Holding Back Japanese Women? (Tokyo Keizai  Shinposya, 2015); Women and Work in the 21st Century, (Sayusya, 2018); and Why There Are So Few Women Managers in the Japanese Workplace (Seikyusya, 2019).

Award Information

Abe Fellowship 1992

Associate Professor, EconomicsAsia University

New Technology and Women Workers in Japan and the U.S.