Diversity, Discrimination, and Harassment: Navigating Japan's Modern Workplace

Course Code: DDH101
Day: Thurs Time: 19:10-21:30 Hours: 20 Sessions: 8 Semester: Spring Instructional Language: English Special Notes: 【This is a hybrid course that you can join either at our Tokyo campus or online via Zoom.】 Location: Hybrid, In-Person (Tokyo), Online English Proficiency Level: High Intermediate

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Course Description

Navigate the complexities of Japan's modern workplace with this comprehensive course on diversity, discrimination, and harassment. Designed to equip you with actionable insights, this course delves into Japanese employment law, societal norms, and practical strategies for fostering an inclusive work environment. Ideal for professionals across industries, this course is your roadmap to understanding and implementing diversity in the workplace.

Learning Objectives

1. Grasp the legal and societal frameworks that shape diversity and discrimination in Japan.

2. Identify and address various forms of harassment, including power and sexual harassment.

3. Understand the role of work rules and contracts in either perpetuating or mitigating discrimination.

4. Explore effective organizational measures for promoting diversity and resolving disputes.

Who should take this course

Anyone working in a Japan-based company, HR professionals, managers, or individuals interested in the complexities of diversity and discrimination in the Japanese workplace.

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Handouts will be provided.


Christopher Rathbone

Instructor Biography

Christopher Rathbone is a foreign associate at the full-service law firm, City-Yuwa Partners in Tokyo where he specializes in international transactions. He has taught classes and provided seminars on legal translation, legal writing and contracts for Japanese, Korean, Cambodian and US universities, as well as the Tokyo offices of many top US law firms. As a long term resident of Japan who is fluent in Japanese, Mr. Rathbone’s classes and seminars provide both practical information and cultural insights. In addition to legal writing and contracts, he frequently gives presentations on diverse topics including Plain English and the legal profession in Japan and the US. As a health advocate, he also writes articles and speaks on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the intersection of tobacco and human rights. Mr. Rathbone graduated with honors from the University of Saskatchewan and earned a J.D. from the College of Law of the University of Saskatchewan and an LL.M. from Hokkaido University as a Monbusho Scholar. He is admitted as an attorney in Massachusetts.