Technology and jobs in the Post-Covid economy.

Sir Christopher Pissarides' Lecture.

Technology and jobs in the Post-Covid economy.

During this evening organized by the Center for Global Innovation Studies (Toyo University) and being part of the week-long creativity training, creatoyo, we want to share the lessons learned from this year's edition of the Global Innovation Ranking that is produced annually by the Center for Global Innovation Studies. An important result is a need for the Japanese innovation system to scale up its investment in human resources to deal with technological changes. We will learn important insights from the speakers on Technology, job, and innovation.

Sir Christopher Pissarides will discuss the main technological developments that started with computerization and intensified with robotics and artificial intelligence. Jobs have been lost in tasks that can be replicated by machines, which are usually the ones that involve computations (e.g. data processors and managers) or routine procedures, such as moving boxes in a warehouse. AI is opening up new ways that machines can replace humans, as they can make decisions and communicate between them. As this process was proceeding at a rather slow and manageable pace, covid-19 arrived to introduce a new dimension that needs to be taken into account by employers, proximity to other human beings at work. In response to this, companies accelerated their automation investments – or at least are saying that they will do post-covid – and are planning new work arrangements that involve some remote working. These changes are affecting new sets of workers, such as those working in the hospitality industry, which was a growth industry before covid.

Implications for jobs, workers, and the necessary transitions that workers have to make to bring our economies back to full employment will be discussed during this presentation. Additionally, Pr. Yuko Harayama will present briefly the concept of a 'Society 5.0', an STI policy proposed by the Japanese government in 2016 to gather momentum around Japan’s unique position and role in mastering the challenges of digitalization and connectivity. It could be argued that the policy could be seen as a way to push for fundamental reforms of Japanese economic and social institutions by giving more weight to society in the innovation process.


7 pm - 7:25 pm
Introduction| Welcoming remarks
Shinji Fukukawa ( Toyo University) & Hajime Imamura (Toyo University) & Rene Carraz (Toyo University)

7:25 pm - 8:10 pm
Technology and jobs in the Post-Covid economy.
Sir Christopher Pissarides, London School of Economics

8:10pm -- 8:25pm
Pr.Yuko Harayama, Riken

8:25pm -- 8:45 pm
Q&A by 5 Toyo University students

8:45 pm -- 9:00 pm

Center for Global Innovation Studies

The Center for Global Innovation Studies (GIC) was founded in January 2016, with the goal of promoting the study of global innovation. Its mission is the advancement of research on innovation theory and methodology that impacts diverse systems within today’s global society.

GIC’s research contributes to the development of influential and knowledgeable individuals who will carry global innovation forward. Through this research, GIC strives to more deeply understand the mechanisms and interactions of globalization and innovation, and play a leading role in achieving a truly fair, affluent and dynamic international society.

Further, GIC contributes to international intellectual exchange, and the development of a stronger foundation for future growth of the global society through its Intellectual Exchange platform.


The Mosaic Network of Schools in Creativity and Innovation, an international community of individuals passionate about the management of creativity and innovation was launched in 2016. It all began in 2009, when Mosaic HEC Montréal created the Summer School on Management of Creativity in an Innovation Society, in collaboration with the University of Barcelona. In 2010 the Bureau for Economic Theory and Applications (BETA) at Strasbourg University, France, created the Autumn School on Management of Creativity. The latest member of this network is the Department of Global Innovation Study, Toyo University which joined in 2019 with a training program called “creatoyo”.


Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides ( London School of Economics)
Sir Christopher Pissarides holds the Regius Chair of Economics at the London School of Economics, the Chair of European Studies at the University of Cyprus and he co-chairs the Institute for the Future of Work, based in London. He specialises in the economics of labour markets, economic growth and structural change, especially as they relate to market frictions, where his work has been especially influential. In 2010 Sir Christopher was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work on the labour market, sharing it with Dale Mortensen of Northwestern University and Peter Diamond of MIT, and in 2005 he became the first European economist to win the IZA Prize in Labor Economics, sharing it again with his collaborator Dale Mortensen.

Yuko Harayama (Riken)
Yuko Harayama, Executive Director at Riken, Professor Emeritus at Tohoku University, is the former Executive Member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office of Japan. She is the former Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD. She combines academic and policy expertise on the topics of innovation policies.
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