What we aim to achieve
 

 Chiba Studies on Global Fair Society aim to seek for a way to achieve “fairness” under the global economy of the 21st century. The project focus on issues such as widening income gaps, gender inequality, human rights violation, and social exclusion, not only from a domestic perspective, but also with a global eye, including refugees, migrant foreign workers, and cross-border environmental pollution. The key concept of our project is “fairness”. We define “fairness” as a concept that entails the basic element of justice, but at the same time embrace values such as “equality”, “liberty”, and “equity”. In that sense, we identify “fairness” as a norm and concept that exceeds “justice”. In order to achieve our goal, we will explore discussions on “fairness” from four sub-fields of social science; law, political science, economics, and sociology. Our project will actively (1) promote multiple inter-disciplinary research, (2) conduct empirical studies that will contribute to a better understanding of contemporary issues, and (3) build an international research hub for “fairness” in public affairs. Members engage in educational activities at graduate and undergraduate levels and take roles in public duties in order to contribute in building a “fair” society, both within and outside of the academia.

Activities

 Our project is divided into 4 research groups and 6 social commission groups. The former are inter-disciplinary work teams focused on academic research, the latter concentrates on publicizing our findings.

Four Research Groups

1. Empirical Policy Studies group
Evaluate the development, transformation, and limits of the traditional welfare state in an inter-disciplinary style and present concrete visions and policies residing around the concept of “fairness” under the global economy of the 21st century.
2. Historical Analysis group
Extract the concept of “equality” from a comparative historical perspective (political, economic, legal system) and analyze the historical background leading to “fairness”.
3. Public Philosophy group
Provide the fundamental guidelines for the project based on philosophy, ideology, and norms. “Fairness” has been the core of legal and political philosophy since ancient times, the group seeks to analyze its meaning in the 21st century.
4. Global/ Regional group
Empirically study how a “fair society” can be achieved in the 21st century from a global and regional perspective and present concrete evidence and results leading to policy development. 

Six Social Commission Group

1. Academic-Industry Collaborative group
2. Outreaching group
3. Policy Proposal group
4. Educational Activities group
5. Academic Promotion group
6. Global Initiative group