Institute of Inclusive Society and Culture

Institute of Inclusive Society and Culture, Faculty of Human Relations, Otsuma Women's University

Message from the Director


We will put our effort into "the realization of an Inclusive Society" where people care for diversity, respect and support each other.

The institute director, Hiroshi Ogawa

 In modern Japanese society, there are various problems such as the decreasing birthrate and aging population, the population decline, the gap between the rich and the poor, the difficulties of child rearing. Meanwhile, there have been rapidly increasing "Inward-Looking Societies" in various nations and communities. In such a period, I think it is all the more important that the universities offer the information of the ideal of "Inclusive Society" where people care for diversity, respect and support each other.

 The aim of the Faculty of Human Relations at Otsuma Women's University is "the realization of an Inclusive Society." For achieving this aim, it has facilitated the development of human resources and researches from the perspectives of sociology, psychology, and social welfare, since 1999 of its foundation. In 2019, as its 20th anniversary, it established "the Institute of Inclusive Society and Culture" for further developments. The Tama region, where this institute situates, is an area of declining birthrate and aging population, and there are many hospitals and welfare facilities as well as many companies employing persons with disabilities. We will work together with this community and conduct researches actively to contribute to the realization of an Inclusive Society. Furthermore, we will foster young researchers, conduct workshops in response to the community needs, and cooperate with industrial circles and local governments.

 At the Otsuma Women's University Tama Campus with lush greenery, we are going to be an institute to think and create the desirable situations of future societies with community members. We are looking forward to working with you.

Message from the Special Adviser


On the foundation of the Institute of Inclusive Society and Culture

The institute special adviser, Atsuko Muraki

 When I think of the way a society should be, the most important idea for me is "Inclusive Growth." First time I found this idea was at the G20 Labor and Employment Ministers' Meeting in 2014. During the process of recovery from the financial crisis of 2007-2008, all the countries which have achieved the "Sustainable Growth" had provided decent works to women, persons with disabilities, and young people, and have made them supportive population for the society. Based on this experience, the Meeting adopted a resolution that every country will strive to achieve "Inclusive Growth." After the meeting, this idea become important for G20 as a core concept. Since then the OECD reported that "inequality hurts economic growth," and a key commitment central to the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations General Assembly is "leaving no one behind." That the sustainable growth needs "Inclusive Society" is now a common-sense of the world.

 What kind of meaning does the realization of an inclusive society have for Japan? How can we accelerate the realization process? For that realization, how should we act in various social fields? We do not have enough answers to those questions yet. "The Institute of Inclusive Society and Culture" is an institute to find those answers together with you. We are going to do our best efforts for exciting and rich "cooperation" with you all. We would wholeheartedly appreciate it if you could cooperate with us.