TAKAHASHI Mutsuko

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Name
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
Affiliation
Kibi International University
Section
Graduate School Graduate Department of Social Welfare Studies
Job title
Director, Professor
Degree
Filosofian tohtori (Doctor of Philosophy)(The University of Tampere, Finland)

Profile

TAKAHASHI Mutsuko is:
Professor of Social Policy, Director of Graduate School of Social Welfare
Studies, Kibi International University, Okayama Japan.

After graduated from the University of Foreign Studies, she worked at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1986 to 1990. Shifting her career from diplomat to researcher, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Tampere, Finland in 1995. Currently her main research interests are risks and social justice, ethics in social policy concerning domestic violence and custody issues, and comparative studies of welfare state models. Her recent publications in English include "Risk and Public Policy in East Asia" (co-authors: Raymond K.H. Chan & Lillian Lih-rong Wang), Ashgate 2010, ‘The intimate risk as challenge to welfare state – precarious family and human relationships in Japanese risk society’ (Journal of Asian Public Policy, 2009, 2(3)), and ‘Challenges in Nordic childcare policies: with special reference to Finland’ ( Journal of Comparative Economic Studies,2008, 4).
Specialties

welfare policy, child attachment and custody issues in relation to IPV (intimate partner violence)

Research Areas

 
 

Education

 
Aug 1991
 - 
Oct 1995
Social Policy (general), Filosofian tohtori (Doctor of Philosophy, Social Policy), University of Tampere, Graduate School (Doctoral course)
 
Apr 1980
 - 
Mar 1985
Osaka University of Foreign Studies
 

Awards & Honors

 
Nov 2018
Award of Chairpersons of Council for Maternal and Child Health Promo, Council for Maternal and Child Health Promotion
 

Published Papers

 
Lessons and implications from "neuvola" maternity and parenting support in Finland
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
66(3) 36-43   Mar 2018   [Invited]
Social support for maternity and child-rearing: the case of neuvola in Finland
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
CHILD HEALTH   21(2) 34-37   Feb 2018   [Invited]
“Policy narratives in formation of comprehensive support systems for parenting and childcare in Japan”
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
International Journal of Public and Private Perspectives on Healthcare, Culture, and the Environment   2(2) 22-32   Jan 2018   [Refereed][Invited]
The reforms and innovation of childcare support services in Finland
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
(18) 45-47   Mar 2017
Childcare in the West - with special reference to Finland
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
Child Phycology, Special Issue, December 2016   (No. 1033) 31-36   Dec 2016   [Invited]
Interpretations on ”neuvola” and “Open Dialogue” in Japan – from emic/etic perspectives
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
Research Institute of Health and Welfare, Kibi International University   (17)    Mar 2016
Continuous "face-to-face" dialoge - implications from Finland
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
Journal of KIBI International University, Research Institute of Health and Welfare   (16) 13-15   Mar 2015
Families with small children and the preventive support between pregnancy to early childhood: with special reference to "neuvola" system in Finland
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
Mother and Child Wellbeing around the World   (76) 81-86   Apr 2014   [Invited]
Post-divorce contact to child and the child's best interest - with special reference to Sweden and Finland
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
85(4) 63-66   Apr 2013   [Refereed][Invited]
Making Sense of the Best Interest of Children in Vulnerable Family Relationships
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
International Journal of Public and Private Healthcare Management and Economics (IJPPHME)   1(4) 47-52   Dec 2011   [Refereed]
Mutsuko TAKAHASHI
Research Institute of International Sociology, Kibi International University   (18) 119-137   2010
Intimate risk as challenge to welfare state - precarious family and human relationships in Japanese risk society
Mutsuko TAKAHASHI
Journal of Asian Public Policy   2(3) 314-329   2009   [Refereed]
Challenges in Nordic Childcare Policies: with Special Reference to Finland
Mutsuko TAKAHASHI
The Journal of Comparative Economic Studies   Vol. 4 41-55   Dec 2008   [Refereed]
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
Shimane journal of policy studies   8 125-142   Dec 2004
This article explores how the concept of solidarity has been made sense of in relation to the crisis and reforms of the public pension system in contemporary Japan. In particular, the focus of discussion will be placed on the current pension issue...
Beyond crisis and dissonance – the restructuring of the Japanese welfare state under globalization
Mutsuko TAKAHASHI
Social Policy and Society   3(3) 283-290   Jun 2004   [Refereed][Invited]
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
Shimane journal of policy studies   6 31-48   Aug 2003
The developments of welfare model in various societies can better be understood through discussions with comparative perspectives as well as through case studies on respective societies. Distinctive features with a specific welfare model can bette...
Takahashi Mutsuko, Tanabe Wakako
Journal of the National Women's Education Center of Japan   7 45-56   Aug 2003   [Refereed]
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
Shimane journal of policy studies   5 115-132   Mar 2003
The Scandinavian route has often been referred to in the discussions about some characteristics with the Nordic model of welfare state. However, there is ambiguity with the meaning of the Scandinavian route or the Nordic model, as the welfare stat...
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
Shimane journal of North East Asian research   5 75-92   Mar 2003   [Refereed]
This article discusses the issues on human security in Northeast Asia by paying special attention the impact of gender policy on human security and the challenges of the ageing of society. I start the discussion by providing a brief overview on th...
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
Shimane journal of North East Asian research   3 47-65   Mar 2002   [Refereed]
This article discusses the challenges and possibilities of gender equal society in political economy in the Shimane Prefecture by studying the social construction of gender-oriented social order at the levels of local communities, labour relations...

Misc

 
Essay "my reflections about Finland"
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
(7) 90-92   Mar 2016   [Invited]
"Neuvola" (maternity and baby health clinics) and social supports to child-rearing and families in Finland
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
Monthly newsletter of the Mother's and Children's Health and Welfare Association   (673) 9-9   May 2015   [Invited]
Commentary "What is neuvola in Finland like?"
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
46(1) 66-71   Jan 2015   [Invited]
The childcare support in Finland through "neuvola" - risk prevention and the collaboration among various experts
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
Social Welfare Studies   (119) 113-118   Apr 2014   [Invited]
高橋 睦子
Social welfare studies   (101) 124-130   Apr 2008   [Invited]

Books etc

 
Finland - A diary of life and childcare
Fujii-Niemelä Midori, TAKAHASHI Mutsuko, Mika Markus MERVIÖ (Part:Contributor, Part Thee: Finland today, the past and future)
Kamogawa Shuppan   Jul 2017   
Interpersonal Violence - Differences and connections
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko (Part:Joint Work, Chapter 6 Exploring interpersonal violence and intimate partner violence issues in the Japanese legal and socio-cultural contexts)
Routledge   Jan 2017   
Practising the Open Dialogue
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko (Part:Joint Work)
Nippon hyoronsha   Sep 2016   
Neuvola - public health services for maternity and early childhood in Finland
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
Kamogawa shuppan, Kyoto   Dec 2015   
In the search for the communities where parenting citizens hope to live
HAYASHI Michio & TAKAHASHI Mutsuko (共著) (Part:Joint Work)
Dai-ichi hooki publisher, Tokyo   Jul 2014   
Social Issues and Policies in Asia. Family, Ageing and Work
R. K.H. Chan & L.R.Wang & J.O Zinn (eds.) (Part:Contributor, Chapter 3 (41-54) “Risk Assessment and Prevention in a Child’s Contact with Parents: Japan’s Family Law and Practice in Transition”)
Cambridge Scholars Publishing   Jun 2014   
『Risk and Public Policy in East Asia, co-edited by R. K.H. Chan, M. Takahashi, L.R. Wang)
Ashgate Publisher   2010   

Conference Activities & Talks

 
Policy reform for a children- and parents-friendly society in Japan
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
ISCI (International Society of Child Indicator) conference, Tartu Univ, Estonia   28 Aug 2019   
Supporting the communications between parents and child through dialogue and trust [Invited]
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
10th annual meeting of Japan Society of Midwifery Education   9 Jun 2019   
A study on the difficulties of the establishment of the comprehensive support centers for the child+rearing generation in Japan
SATO Takuyo, TAKAHASHI Mutsuko, Yamazaki Yoshihisa
XXII Congress of Inernational Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), Prague   2 Sep 2018   
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
3rd International Conference on Public Policy, Singapore   30 Jun 2017   International Public Policy Association
The 3rd International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP) took place at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore from Wednesday 28th June to Friday 30th June 2017. For the first time, a Preconference was also organised on Tuesday 27th June. ...
Politics of gender and child care: Japanese family as policy agenda
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
13th International Conference of EASP (East Asian Social Policy reserach network)   1 Jul 2016   

Works

 
Tom Erik Arnkil & Esa Eriksson, Taking up One's Worries - a Handbook on Early Dialogues (in printing)
TAKAHASHI Mutsuko   The Others   Jul 2018

Research Grants & Projects

 
Japan Society for Promotion of Science: JSPS research grant
Project Year: Apr 2015 - Mar 2018    Investigator(s): TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
Comparative study on contact to child and child's best interest in post-divorce/separation life
Japan Society for Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aids for Scientific Research (B)
Project Year: Apr 2013 - Mar 2016    Investigator(s): TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
Comparative study on custody issues: policy proposals for securing children’s development and well-being after separation of their parents
Toyota Foundation: Toyota Foundation Research Grant (D11-R-0790)
Project Year: Nov 2011 - Oct 2013    Investigator(s): TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
This research aims at concrete policy proposals based on scientific insights for the custody system reforms in the near future in Japan so that children’s development and well-being will be secured in such settings like divorce or separation of th...
Life security for families with children: analysing the intersectionality of violence as an issue of social policy
Japan Society of Promotion of Science: JSPS Research grant
Project Year: Apr 2010 - Mar 2013    Investigator(s): TAKAHASHI Mutsuko
Supports for school pupils with attendance problems in Finland - implications for Japan
Japan Society for Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aids for Scientific Research (B)
Project Year: Apr 2008 - Mar 2011    Investigator(s): TAKAHASHI Mutsuko