by Alice Grodenker Hinako Matsumura teaches constitutional law in Japan. Or at least she tries. Her employment conditions as a part-time university lecturer are so poor that it’s virtually impossible to do a proper job of it. Unable to secure a full-time position, Matsumura has cobbled together a career teaching part-time at six different universities scattered throughout the vast Tokyo metropolitan area. This means spending up to six hours a day commuting between jobs and home. “I waste 21 hours a week on trains, which is time I would much rather spend with my students,” Matsumura lamented in a recent […]
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