Faculty of Policy Studies Department of Policy Studies
Last Updated :2020/07/03

Researcher Profile and Settings

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences/Economic policy
  • Humanities & social sciences/Economic policy
  • Humanities & social sciences/Business administration


  • Osaka University, 1988
  • Osaka University, Graduate School, Division of Economics, 1988
  • University of California, Berkeley, 1986
  • University of California, Berkeley, Economics, 1986
  • Osaka University, 1981
  • Osaka University, Graduate School, Division of Economics, 1981
  • Osaka University, School of Economics, 1979
  • Osaka University, Faculty of Economics, 1979

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of California
  • Master of Economics, Osaka University

Association Memberships

  • Industrial Relations Research Association
  • The Japan Society for Business Succession

Committee Memberships

  • Chairman of Board of Trustees, 2009, The Japan Society for Business Succession, Academic society, The Japan Society for Business Succession

Awards & Honors

  • Noteworthy Books in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics

Published Papers

  • A Survival analysis of patent examination requests by Japanese electric and electronic manufacturers
    Yoshifumi Nakata, Xingyan Zhang
    Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 21(1)31 - 54, 2012
  • The labor market for Japanese Scientists and Engineers: Is the labor market externalized?
    Yoshifumi Nakata, Satoru Miyazaki, Satoru Miyazaki
    The Japan Labor Review, 8(3)95 - 117, 2011
  • Non-working nurses in Japan: Estimated size and its age-cohort characteristics
    中田 喜文, Satoru Miyazaki
    Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17(12)3306 - 3316, 2008
  • Nursing workforce: global challenges and solutions
    中田 喜文, Fumi Yasukawa, James Buchan
    Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17(12)3261 , 2008
  • Joint Accounting System and Human Resource Management by Company Group
    中田 喜文
    Japan Labour Bulletin, 40(10)43596 , 2001
  • Enterprise Bargaining and Social Contract in Japan
    中田 喜文
    Proceedings of the Forty-Sixth Annual Meeting, Industrial Relations Research Association Series, (1994)339 - 348, 1994
  • "Education and Occupation : An Enquiry into The Relationship between CollegeSpecialization and The Labor Market in Postwar Japan, "
    中田 喜文
    Pacific Affairs, 65(1)50 - 67, 1992
  • "Paid Employment among U. S. College Students : Trends, Effects, and Possible Causes, "
    中田 喜文
    The Journal of Higher Education, 62(1)25 - 43, 1991
  • "Labor Market Experience of Teenagers with and Without High School Diplomas, "
    中田 喜文
    Economics of Education Review, 8(3)233 - 246, 1989
  • "Characteristics of High School Students' Paid Jobs and Employment Experience After Graduation, "
    中田 喜文
    Lawrence Erlboum Associates, Inc.Adolescence and Work, 1989
  • "The Demand for College Education in Postwar Japan, "
    中田 喜文
    Journal of Human Resources, 22(3)377 - 404, 1987
  • An Analysis of Age-Seniority Wage Profiles : A Case Study of the Japanese Nenko Wage System
    中田 喜文
    University Microfiche Inc., 1987
  • Nurses' pay in Japan: market forces vs. institutional constraints
    Yoshifumi Nakata, Satoru Miyazaki
    Aims and objectives. To analyse Japan's labour market for nurses and determine reasons for the continuing excess demand. Background. Japan has long been experiencing a shortage of nurses. The situation has been worsening over the past few years, as is reflected in the growing media coverage of the issue. Design. We constructed an economic model of wage setting for Japanese nurses and analysed those wages applying standard labour economics theories. Methods. We constructed a nurse labour market data base from various public sets and estimated a few alternative wage functions from this data base. We then interpreted these parameters and the differences of some parameters by function to make an evaluation of relative importance of labour market forces and policies on the setting of the Japanese nurse wages. Results. The government's move to improve the nursing staff-inpatient ratio and the shorter inpatient hospital stays have had a positive impact on the wages of registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practicing nurses (LPNs). Yet, the nursing labour market imbalance remains. Relevance to clinical practice. The findings show that individual hospitals and clinics could take three steps to help fill the nursing vacancies. First, they could introduce a reorientation program for those nurses no longer in the labour market. Second, they could restructure the working arrangements for those nurses with family responsibilities. Third, they could be instrumental in having the current wage system reassessed., JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NURSING, WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC, 20(1-2)4 - 11, Jan. 2011, English, Research paper (scientific journal)
  • Editorial: Paying nurses: a cross-country comparison
    Yoshifumi Nakata, James Buchan
    JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NURSING, WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC, 20(1-2)1 - 3, Jan. 2011, English, Research paper (scientific journal)
  • Has Japanese enterprise changed?
    Yoshi-Furni Nakata
  • Has lifetime employment become extinct in Japanese enterprise? An empirical analysis of employment adjustment practices in Japanese companies
    Yoshi-Fumi Nakata, Satoru Miyazaki
    The changing environment of Japanese enterprise has seen lower stability and continuity in employment. Although the tenure of regular employees has become longer, the continuity of employment is falling, while the increased use of nonregular employment means decreased tenure for employees as a whole. To determine whether the spread of employment adjustment with respect to regular employees of large firms is due to shifts in corporate behaviour or the result of changes in the market environment, a partial adjustment model was used to chart variations in employment adjustment. As a result, marginal changes were identified in the structure of employment practices between 1998 and 2001 in the majority of companies in four selected industries. Moreover, a panel analysis showed that while structural changes were not common to all industries, similar marginal changes in individual cases were suggested in some limited corporate groupings only. This led to an examination of the effect of non-regular employment and company groups (shihon keiretsu). Results showed high employment adjustment speeds as regards the increase in non-regular employees, as well as extremely high levels in company groups that have come to be seen as more important, in line with the shift to a consolidated base accounting system from 2000. Given recent environmental changes, we argue that Japanese companies coped by implementing a high employment adjustment capacity in non-regular employment and company groups as a whole, while restricting changes in employment practices related to regular employment in parent companies., ASIAN BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT, PALGRAVE MACMILLAN LTD, 6(S1)S33 - S56, Dec. 2007, English, Research paper (scientific journal)
  • Has work motivation among Japanese workers declined?
    Tetsushi Fujimoto, Yoshi-Fumi Nakata
    This study uses data collected from workers employed in the Japanese electric and electronics industry to explore how Japanese worker motivation changed between 1994 and 2005, a period when a number of Japanese firms shifted from a seniority-based HRM to a more merit-based system. It focuses on two questions: whether there are occupational differences in how worker motivation changed, and whether workers' perception of HRM impacted on motivation and how this changed over time. Results show that while individual demographic characteristics were important determinants of motivation in 1994, many of the effects had disappeared by 2005. Our results also suggest that whether merit-based compensation enhances worker motivation depends on occupation. We found more variability in the direction and size of occupational effects in 2005 than in 1994. We also found that the negative effect of worker dissatisfaction with HRM on motivation became stronger in 2005. Our findings imply two things. First, the merit-based human resource policies found in Japanese firms today do not necessarily improve worker morale uniformly across occupations; second, whether merit-based HRM produces desired outcomes depends not only on the design of a system, but also on how it is managed in the workplace., ASIAN BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT, PALGRAVE MACMILLAN LTD, 6(S1)S57 - S88, Dec. 2007, English, Research paper (scientific journal)
  • Employment and wages of female Japanese workers: Past, present, and future
    YF Nakata, R Takehiro
    INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS, 41(4)521 - 547, Oct. 2002, English, Research paper (scientific journal)
  • The transformation of the Japanese employment system - Nature, depth, and origins
    Lincoln, JR, Y Nakata
    The 1990s have witnessed significant change in the Japanese employment system and in the work organization of Japanese firms. This article gives a broad overview of the changes taking place in Japanese employment and compensation practice, recruiting and promotion, and corporate organization. More than in previous postwar downturns, Japanese firms are going to great and creative lengths to reduce workforce size and costs without resorting to formal layoffs Yet the restructurings and adjustments designed to provide this flexibility often prove under scrutiny to be less substantial than media accounts or public corporate pronouncements suggest. Frequently the changes seem in large part symbolic-signaling to the workforce the need for change in the corporate culture and for diminished expectations in a more severe economic environment., WORK AND OCCUPATIONS, SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC, 24(1)33 - 55, Feb. 1997, English, Research paper (scientific journal)
    JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCES, UNIV WISCONSIN PRESS, 20(1)100 - 116, 1985, English, Research paper (scientific journal)


  • The Japanese Software Industry: What Went Wrong And What Can We Learn From It?
    Nakata,Yoshifumi, Cole, Robert
    California Management Review, 57(1)16 - 43, 2014, English
  • Why Do Japanese Companies File Patents in China? :Revisited
    Nakata, Yoshifumi, Xingyan Zhang
    Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China, 4(2)119 - 135, 2013
  • Have Japanese Engineers Changed?
    The Japanese Journal of Labour Studies, 53(1)30 - 41, 2011
  • Performance and Job Satisfaction of Engineers
    (83)22 - 28, 2009
  • Japanese Engineers' Pay in comparison to that of American Counterparts
    Denki Rengo NAVI, (25)16 - 24, 2009
  • Estimates of Non-Working Nurses and Characteristics of Their Cohort/age Distribution
    (2343)29 - 37, 2008
  • Recent Decline of Engineers' Motivation and the Role of Labor Union to Counter this trend
    Denki Rengo NAVI, (13)43504 , 2007
  • Human Resource Development through Indutry-Government-Academia Collaboration :The Role of Academia
    Journal of International Industrial Relations, (24)69 - 71, 2005
  • Synthetic Research on Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness
    Journal of International Industrial Relations, (23)55 - 56, 2004
  • NPO and Employment in Japan
    Japanese Journal of Research on Household Economics, (61)38 - 49, 2004
  • Not entered
    The Japanese Journal of Labour Studies, (501)81 - 84, 2002
  • The State of NPO Labor Market in Japan
    Doshisha Graduate School of Policy and Management Review, 3(1)15 - 34, 2002
  • What will Employment Structural Change Bring?
    Kansai Keikyo, 52(2)43563 , 2002
  • The State of Male-Female Wage differentials
    Japanese Journal of Research on Household Economics, (54)26 - 33, 2002
  • Japanese Wage System in 21st Century
    Chiginkyo Geppou, (494)17 - 24, 2001
  • Is Long term Stable Employment Myth?
    Chingin Jijyo, (2372)62 - 66, 2000
  • Joint Accounting System and Human Resource Management by Company Group
    The Japanese Journal of Labour Studies, (483)18 - 33, 2000
  • What's Wage?
    (2304)43633 , 1997
  • Inter-Firm Wage Differentials in Japan
    The Mnothly Journal of The Japan Institute of Labour, (450(10))13 - 26, 1997
  • Chapter6 : An Analysis of Wage and Productivity of Japanese White Colar Workers
    91 - 104, 1995
  • Equal Emploment Opportunity Between Male and Female Workers and Gender Wage Differentials
    26112 - 117, 1994
  • Book Review the Influence of the Enterprise Union at the Shopfloor Level
    The Monthly Journal of The Japan Institute of Labour, 36(10)49 - 51, 1994
  • Chapter4, Canada
    135 - 186, 1994
  • Income Distribution in Japan-An Expedition of New Income Distribution Rule in a Matured Society
    KIIIR(国際産研), (8-9)43758 , 1994
  • A Comparative Analysis of Employment Stability : The United States and Japan
    Social Science Review, (40)35 - 81, 1990
  • A Comparison of Labour Frorce Characteristics : U. S. vs. JAPAN
    (99)34 - 40, 1989
  • "Measuring Job Attachment : A Comparative Approach, "
    Annual Report of Japan Society for Personnel and Labor Research, (18)46 - 52, 1988

Books etc

  • Why Do Japanese Companies File Patents in China?
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, Joint author, 191-217, Scholarly book
  • Have Japanese Engineers Changed?
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, Joint author, 88-108, Scholarly book
  • Have Japanese Firms Changed? :The Lost Decade
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, Joint author, 1-315, Scholarly book
  • People who create technology of tomorrow
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    2009, Sole author, 1-41, Scholarly book
  • Management that creates high performing engineers
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    2009, Joint author, 125-144, Scholarly book
  • Japanese Engineers :performance and compensation
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    2009, Joint author, 21-42, Scholarly book
  • Creating High Performing Engineers
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    2009, Joint author, 1-176, Scholarly book
  • Increasing Labor Flexibility in Japan: The Role of Female Workers in Manufacturing
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    Cambridge University Press, 2009, Joint author, 191-210, Scholarly book
  • Techonology management training in Japan: Governmanet initiatives and their effects
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    Oxford University Press,Recovering from Success, 2006, Joint author, 271-285, Scholarly book
  • Strategic Motivation Management of R&D Engineers
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    2006, Sole author, 281-294, Scholarly book
  • Total Labor Costs and the Employment Adjustment Behavior of Large Japanese Firms
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    University of Chicago Press, Labor Market and Firm Benefit Policies in Japan and the United States, 2003, Joint author, 135-155, Scholarly book
  • Reduction of Regular Employment and Increase of Non-Regular Employment
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    2002, Joint author, 81-102, Scholarly book
  • Mechanism of Restructuring and Job Changes
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    2002, Joint author, 1-294, Scholarly book
  • Employment adjustment of Japanese firms: Effects of fluctuated labor cost and sales
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    Japan Economic News Paper (Nikkei), 2001, Scholarly book
  • Trends and Developments in Japanese Employment Relations in the 1980s & 1990s
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    『Employment Relations: Individualisation and union exclusion』,Federation Press,, 1999, Scholarly book
  • Date Analysis for Policy and Management
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    1998, Scholarly book
  • "Canada : Canadian Wage Differentials with Special Atlention to its Occupational Age-Wage Profle
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    Wage Differentials : An International Comparison Macmillan Press, 1998, Scholarly book
  • "Factor Analysis of Japanese Gender Wage Differentials"
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    1997, Scholarly book
  • Work and Pay in the United States and Japan
    NAKATA Yoshifumi, Clair Brown
    Oxford University Press, 1997, Joint author, 1-234, Scholarly book
  • "Occupation and Wage Determination, " in Toshiaki Tachibanaki eds, Evaluation, Promotion, and Wage Determination
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    1992, Scholarly book
  • "Labor Market Theories : Review
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    1992, Scholarly book

Conference Activities & Talks

  • Business Succesion of Kyoto Firms
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    Supporting Network for Business Creation and Succession of Kyoto Firms, 2014, Kyoto
  • Business Succesion of Kyoto Firms
    NAKATA Yoshifumi
    The Forth Annual Meeting of Japan Society for Business Succession, 2013, Kyoto

Research Grants & Projects

  • An Analysis of Emerging Labor Market in Japan
    Scientific Research(B)(General), 1999 -2001
  • Business Succession
  • Career development of engineers
  • A Comparative Analysis of Wage Determination with special attention on where it is negotiated.
  • Analysis of Gender Wage differentials
  • Characteristics of Japanese firms' employment adjustment: A Comparative Analysis

Social Contribution

  • Policy Council on SME, 2011-2012
  • The Japan Society for Business Succession, 2009

Mass Media Activities

  • Newspaper, Business Succession : Lessons from Kyoto enterprises on the global issue, Japan Productivity Center News, Oct. 2013