The TUC Library was delighted to welcome Professor Osamu Umezaki from Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday.
Prof Umezaki was visiting the TUC Library as he has an interest in trade union oral history interviews and is undertaking an oral history project in Japan. He visited specifically to discuss our previous oral history projects, in particular our recent website, Britain at Work.
Prof Umezaki said:
My specific area of interest is in Japanese labor history, which I research orally and through various documents.
As a result of my research over the years, I have collected a number of oral history records pertaining to the history of labor in Japan, which I hope to keep in an archive similar to yours.
Osaka Labor Archive, located in Osaka, Japan, has been kind enough to offer their services in helping me to establish Japan’s first such oral labor history archive.
As there is a lack of expertise in this field in Japan, it is our hope that we can learn archiving techniques from oral history offices such as yours.
Osamu Umezaki, Ph.D.
Professor of Faculty of Lifelong Learning and Career Studies, Hosei University