Changing Academic Career Trajectories and Identity/Commitment of Academics in Japan

  • Akira ArimotoEmail author
Part of the The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective book series (CHAC, volume 16)


This chapter analyzes academic career trajectories and identity/commitment of Japanese academics on the basis of the Carnegie survey conducted in 1992 and especially the CAP (Changing Academic Profession) survey conducted in 2007, intending to clarify the international characteristics of the Japanese academic profession. After 15 years, the academic profession is now facing value conflicts as it seeks to construct a vision for itself. Many recent studies have underlined the problems related to environmental changes caused by effects from society, national government and knowledge. Even when Japanese academics’ high research productivity has been kept constant for 15 years thanks to a variety of support factors, it is understandable that Japanese academic career reflects in a complicated way Japanese academia as well as society. The existence of the “opened structure” testifies to the fact of considerably high academic productivity, and on the other hand the existence of the “closed structure” reflects some problems as follows: aging of academic staff population; high proportion of full professorship; unemployment problem of post-doctors; compulsory mobility; gender problem; worsening work environment; younger academics’ strong complaint, stress, and desire to go another institutions.


Academic Staff Academic Career Academic Position Closed Structure Mobility Ratio 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kurashiki Sakuyo UniversityKurashikiJapan

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