Keynote Address

Eileen BORIS

University of California , Santa Barbara・Professor

The Hull Professor of Feminist Studies and Professor of History, Black Studies, and Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Eileen Boris writes on the home as a workplace--on domestic, industrial, care, and mother workers—and on racialized gender and the state. She is the president of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History. She holds a Ph.D. from Brown University in the History of American Civilization. Her books include the prize-winning monographs Home to Work: Motherhood and the Politics of Industrial Homework in the United States [Cambridge University Press, 1994] and Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State, co-authored with Jennifer Klein, (Oxford University Press, 2012, 2015), as well as Intimate Labors: Cultures, Technologies, and the Politics of Care, co-edited with Rhacel Parreñas (Stanford University Press, 2010). Caring for America became the basis for an amicus brief to the Supreme Court filed in support of the state of Illinois, its personal attendants of people with disabilities, and SEIU in Harris v. Quinn. She now is writing a book tentatively called, The Making of the Woman Worker: Global Standards, Gender Difference, and the ILO, 1919-2019, which considers how the characteristics associated with women’s work have moved from the periphery to the center with transformations of the global economy and intensified regimes of precarity, and co-editing, with Dorothea Hoehtker and Susan Zimmerman, Women’s ILO: Transnational Networks, Working Conditions, and Gender Equality (Palgrave and ILO Century Project).

Presentators and Moderators 


Ochanomizu University・Professor

Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences, Ochanomizu University As a scholar of international economics and feminist economics, she has been conducting research on multinational corporations and feminization of labor power in Asia. Her interest extends also to the “financialization of households” in the U.S.A., including migrant domestic workers’ households, in the aftermath of financial crisis of 2008.


ITO Ruri

Hitotsubashi University・Professor

Professor of transnational sociology at Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University, Japan. She has conducted a series of collaborative research on the question of migrant reproductive labor in East and South-East Asia, and more recently in Europe with a comparative perspective. Her most recent work focuses on the working conditions and legal status of Filipino domestic workers in Parisian region.

Selected publications & edited volumes: “Negotiating Partial Citizenship under Neoliberalism: Regularization Struggles among Filipino Domestic Workers in France (2008–2012),” International Journal of Japanese Sociology, 2016; Globalization, Feminisms in Japan Vol.9 (Ed., Iwanami Shoten, 2011, in Japanese); International Migration and ‘Cross-border Gender Regimes’ (Co-edited with Mariko Adachi, 2008, in Japanese) and many others.


Musashi University・Associate Professor

Fumie Ohashi is an associate professor at the Faculty of Sociology, Musashi University. Her research interest is in the reproductive sphere in Mainland China, where she has been paying close attention to the rural migrant domestic workers in urban areas. Recently she is also interested in transnational feminist activisms in East Asia, especially among Chinese speaking communities.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: “The Construction of the Double Burden: Gendered Childcare System in Post-Mao China” The Journal of Contemporary China Studies 4(1), pp. 21-39, 2015. 『現代中国の移住家事労働者――農村-都市関係と再生産労働のジェンダーポリティクス』御茶の水書房、2011年2月。

Ogaya Chiho

Ferris University・Professor

Chiho Ogaya is a professor at the Faculty of Letters, Ferris University. Her research interest is the social consequence of feminization of migration and the transformation of reproductive sphere in Asia, specifically focusing on the case of the Philippines.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:“Towards an analysis of social mobility of transnational migrant women: The case of Filipina domestic workers” in Anuja Agrawal ed., Migrant Women and Work, SAGE India, 2006.; “Filipino Domestic Workers and the Creation of New Subjectivities”, Asia and Pacific Migration Journal, Vol.13 No.3, 2004.; “Social discourse towards Filipina women migrants”, Feminist Review, Vol.77, 2004.; 「女性の国際移動と越境する『家族』:グローバル化の文脈において」金井淑子編『ファミリー・トラブル:近代家族/ジェンダーのゆくえ』明石書店,2006. 『移動を生きる:フィリピン移住女性と複数のモビリティ』有信堂,2016.ほか。


KOIDO Akihiro

Hitotsubashi University・Professor

Akihiro Koido is a professor at the Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University. His research interest is International Comparison of Immigration Policies. His main foci of research are transformation of U.S. immigration system, Spanish immigrant integration policies, as well as EU common external border policies.

Selected Publication: 『移民政策の国際比較』(編著)明石書店、2003., 「現代アメリカ合衆国における移民の社会運動と公共圏の再編成――重層的境界構造の転換と非正規移民たちの熟議への参加」舩橋晴俊・壽福眞美編『公共圏と熟議民主主義ーー現代社会の問題解決』, 法政大学出版会, 2013.8「グローバリズムと社会的排除に抗するアメリカでの非正規移民運動――監視機構の再編と新自由主義的排除メカニズムへの対抗戦略の諸相」『社会学評論』 65-2。


Keisen University・Professor

Aya Sadamatu is a professor at the Faculty of Human and Social Studies, Keisen University. Her recent research interest focuses on the national trends and institutional factor of female migrant domestic or care workers in Japan, Asia, and Europe.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: “Care System and foreign care workers in Japan” International Migrant and Gender Studies ed. The Globalization of the Reproductive Sphere and the Reconfiguration of Gender in Asia, Ruri Ito, Transnational Sociology Program Graduate School of Social Sciences Hitotsubashi University, 2009, pp.152-162; “Elderly Care and Migrant Women in France” International Migrant and Gender Studies ed., Migrant Domestic/Care Workers in France, Italy and Germany: Labor Conditions, Institutional Frameworks and Status Claims, Ruri Ito, Transnational Sociology Program Graduate School of Social Sciences Hitotsubashi University, 2012, pp.81-97.  「日本の介護福祉と外国人ケア労働者の位置づけ」国際移動とジェンダー研究会編『アジアにおける再生産領域のグローバル化とジェンダー再配置』一橋大学大学院社会学研究科・伊藤るり研究室発行 2009, pp.152-162. 「国家のはざまの外国人ケア労働者」吉岡なみ子・定松文・小ヶ谷千穂(共著)『女性労働研究』青木書店,2010ほか 。


University Duisburg-Essen・Professor

Kyoko Shinozaki, Ph.D. habil., is currently Acting Professor of Comparative Sociology and Japan Studies at the Institute of Sociology and the Institute of East Asian Studies, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. She has been looking at processes of contemporary international migration of both ‘less-skilled’ and ‘skilled’ flows. She is particularly interested in how these processes re-create and re-constitute inequalities along the intersecting divisions of ‘race’, class and gender. While her longstanding area of research is migrant domestic and care workers and their transnational family life, her more recent field of research interest is the issue of career progression among migrant and mobile academics, as well as the role of higher education institutions in mediating cultural capital across borders. Her recent monograph, Migrant Citizenship from Below: Family, Domestic Work and Social Activism in Irregular Migration (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) was selected for a session “Authors meet Critics” at the ISA Forum 2016 in Vienna. Her article “Transnational dynamics in researching migrants: self-reflexivity and boundary-drawing in fieldwork” (Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2012) was nominated for Interculture Award 2012 in Sociology by the Goethe-Institut and the German Sociological Association.She serves as an Extended Board Member of the Council of Migration (Rat für Migration, RfM) and is a founding member of RfM’s Section “Gender and Sexuality”.


Wako University・Professor

Mieko Takenobu has a long work experience at Asahi Shimbun, as journalist specialized in the questions of labor and poverty. In 2011, she transferred to Wako University, where she has been writing extensively on the Abe administration’s policy on “women’s participation”. She discusses the utilization of women’s reproductive labor as a policy of impoverishment of women. As director of Asia-Japan Women’s Resource Center, she is also promoting the campaign to monitor the government’s scheme for “Foreigners Conducting Housekeeping Services”. Selected Publications: Women of Japan Inc., Asahi Shibumsha, 1994 (in Japanese), Reportage on Recession Induced by the Deterioration of Employment, Iwanami Shinsho, 2009 (in Japanese), Reportage on Wage Discrimination, Chikuma Shinsho, 2012 (in Japanese), Domestic Work Harassment: Root Cause of Painful Life, Iwanami Shinsho, 2013 (in Japanese), and others.


Wako University・Associate Professor

Eri Churiki is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Human Studies, Wako University. Her research focuses on the policies introduced to support the development of household services in France and in the EU, as well as on the ratification process by EU member countries of the ILO Domestic Workers Convention (C189).



Hokkaido University of Education・Specially Appointed Associate Professor

Keiko Hirano is a Specially Appointed Associate Professor at Hokkaido University of Education. She has been conducting research in West Java, Indonesia, on female migrants’ community activities, transformation of masculinity among migrant families.

Selected publication: “When Working Abroad Becomes a “Dosa” (Sin): The Impact of Women’s Migrant Domestic Labor on the Gender Relations in Rural Indonesia”, in REMI, vol.31, no.1, 2015.


Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center (HURIGHTS OSAKA)  researcher

Nobuki Fujimoto has been involved in protecting the human rights of foreigners residing in Japan, by gathering information on these issues and making it available, and through policy recommendations. He has mainly been concerned with the situation of migrant workers from the Philippines and has been following the changes in their situation from a human rights perspective, from the late nineteen eighties to the present. He has also been working in cooperation with various civil society networks: providing consultation and support to migrant workers.

"Challenges for the Settlement of JFC (Japanese Filipino Children) and Their Mothers in Japan" in Shuhei Hatsuse et al. eds., Children amidst International Relations, Kyosho Books, 2005 (in Japanese). “International Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination: Kickout Discrimination!” in Aoki Hige & Mariko Akuzawa eds., Human Rights Education for Global Citizens: Lessons for over 15 years old, Buraku Liberation Publishing House (Kaihou Publishing), 2015 (in Japanese) and others.


Ohtsuki City College・Professor

Rie Miyazaki is a professor at the Department of Economics, Ohtsuki City College. Her current research interests are work-care life balance, long term care and child care policies, focusing on the social consequence of de-familiarization and feminization of care work in Italy and Japan.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: “Free-riding Welfare System” in Justice Welfare+α, Minerva, 2016; “Migrant Domestic workers and their Invisibility” in Journal of Ohara Institute for Social Research, Vol.653, 2013. 「フリーライディングする福祉制度?」後藤玲子編『正義 福祉+α』ミネルヴァ書房, 2016. 「移住家事・ケア労働者とその非可視性」『大原社会問題研究所雑誌』653号23‐39頁ほか。

MORI Chikako

Hitotsubashi University・Associate Professor

Chikako Mori is an associate professor at Hitotsubashi University, she earned her Ph.D in Sociology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France). Her research focuses on urban segregation, race and housing discrimination, urban poverty, gentrification and international migration.

Selected publication: « Esquisse d'une sociologie des banlieues au Japon : les cités HLM à forte population étrangère » Hommes et migrations, N°1302, 2013, « Forced Spatial Flexibility: the Transformation of Public Housing Policy in Japan and its Impacts on Urban Areas », Paul Watt and Peer Smets (ed.) Urban Renewal and Social Housing: A Cross-National Perspective, Emerald (forthcoming, 2017) 「分断される郊外———場の解体と強制されたフレキシビリティ」町村敬志編『都市空間に潜む排除と反抗の力』明石書店、2013;『排除と抵抗の郊外: フランス〈移民〉集住地域の形成と変容』東京大学出版会、2016 ほか。

Elizabeth TANG

International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF)・General Secretary

Elizabeth Tang, has always been a union organizer. She helped to form the Coca Cola workers union in in 1980s, the Asian Domestic Workers Union and later the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Union (HKCTU) in 1990. She worked as the Education Secretary of the International Union of Food Workers (IUF) in the Asia and Pacific region for 2 years before becoming the Chief Executive of the HKCTU in 1995. In 2011, she stepped down and joined the then International Domestic Workers Network which was transformed to become a global federation of domestic workers in 2013 – the International Domestic Workers Federation. Today, it consists 59 affiliates in 47 countries representing about half a million domestic workers. It aims to overcome exploitation and poverty of domestic workers through strong and united domestic workers organizations and effective women leadership, leveraging on the support of its allies and partners.

Elizabeth Tang holds a MA in Sociology of Labour of the University of Warwick, UK.


France, French Democratic Labor Confederation (CFDT)

Unionist, General Secretary of the union branch of the CFDT for workers employed by private individuals in Île-de-France (SAMSSAP CFDT IDF)
Zita Cabais-Obra is the General Secretary of the union branch of the CFDT for workers employed by private individuals in Ile-de-France, a trade union which covers three areas: childminders; employees of private individuals (domestic workers); employees of companies that provide services to private individuals (home care workers, home helps, home health professionals...).

The Unionization of Domestic Workers, care for Children and Elderly
SAMSSAP CFDT Ile de France (affiliated at the Confederation of French Democratic Workers Union « CFDT ») who seeks to organize, inform, trains and defend employees who work in private, individual employers, in the care sector and the employees of companies who provide services to individuals. We negotiates collective bargaining for professional aspects of the work, the position of employers and the political context. The importance of social dialogue between employers and employees as well as the practical conditions of domestic workers and activism will also be examined.


Paid Domestic Workers Network
Domestic Workers Specialized in Childrearing (DWC), Director

After having worked for eight years with an outstanding competence at a housekeeping service company as registered staff, in 2015, Kanako Tsuchiya founded her own company specialized in childrearing. She is only a founding member of Paid Domestic Workers Network, based in Kansai area.


Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan -SMJ・Director

Currently director at Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan, a major network for citizens groups in defense of migrants’ rights in Japan, Motoko Yamagishi has a long experience as advocate for migrant women and children’s rights as co-director of Kalakasan (Migrant Women Empowerment Center), in Kawasaki City. She also teaches at Rikkyo University.