Prof. Emiko Ochiai talks about the transformation of care systems in Asia and tackles the case of Japan's care system and impacts on gender equality during COVID-19. Her research shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a “refamilization of care” due to a combination of a retreat by social care (school and kindergarten closures, reductions in care services, etc.) and an increase in housework (more eating at home, cleaning, recuperating at home, etc.) She continues to explain that in the case of Japan, refamiliarization of care has become a hindrance in female employment and has even led to social problems such as higher rates of suicide.
She advocates for the inclusion of gender perspective when rethinking social policies to effectively address the issues of female labor force participation, low fertility and refamilialization of care in Japan and Asia.
Listen to her full presentation in this video.