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The Institute for Science of Labour (ISL) 2005f
2-8-14 Sugao, Miyamae-ku, Kawasaki Kanagawa 216-8501, Japan
tel:81-44 977 2121 fax:81-44 977 7504

Organizational Status: Independent institute, founded in 1921.

General Description: ISL focuses on ways and means of improving work and workplaces based on multidisciplinary studies encompassing medicine, psy-chology, ergonomics, engineering, economics, and sociology. The overall aim of the institute is to identify scientific and practical solutions to actual problems in the work, working conditions, and working life of people in various economic sectors. A range of field studies are planned and carried out in a large variety of industries, service sectors, and farming. ISL's current research topics include the analysis of job characteristics, better work and equipment designs, ergonomic workplace arrangements, safe work practices, assessment of work environment, prevention of occupational diseases and work-related disorders, work organization, equality in employment, and problems facing workers with increasingly diverse lifestyles. ISL undertakes over 100 research contracts each year at the request of government agencies, private enterprises, trade unions, and research and training organizations. The institute publishes two periodicals and a large number of monographs.

Annual Budget: JPY 340 million (2003)

Staff: 28 (16 research, 12 administrative/support)

Executive Officers:
Mr. HAYASHI, Yujiro (President)
Dr. MAEHARA, Naoki (Director)

Public Relations:
Mr. NABETA, Takaaki (Administrative Department)

(As of November, 2004)

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