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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien


The University of Tokyo
Sanjo Conference Hall
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8654, Japan
Ph. +81-3-3812-2111

How to get there:

Hongo-sanchome Sta. (Subway Marunouchi Line) 8 min. walk
Hongo-sanchome Sta. (Subway Oedo Line) 6 min. walk
Yushima Sta. or Nezu Sta. (Subway Chiyoda Line) 8 min. walk
Todaimae Sta. (Subway Namboku Line) 6 min. walk



Admission is free but because seats are limited (150 seats) you are kindly requested to register by fax or email:

German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo (DIJ)
Kojimachi Bldg. 2F, 3-3-6 Kudan Minami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0074
Ph. +81-3-3222-5077 / Fax +81-3-3222-5420

Demographic Challenges for Human Resource Management and Labor Market Policies - A German-Japanese Comparison (Human Resource Management und Arbeitsmarktpolitik vor der demographischen Herausforderung - Ein deutsch-japanischer Vergleich)

5. Oktober - 6. Oktober 2005

 German and Japanese populations are rapidly aging. By the year 2025 the ratio of the population aged over 65 is expected to reach 24% in Germany and 29% in Japan. This demographic development will have huge consequences for the private and public sectors. And because the labor population is shrinking in both countries the efficient utilization of human labor will become a particularly important challenge.
This conference analyzes the challenges that an aging workforce imposes on public and company policies in Germany and Japan. These issues shall be approached from five different angles. In the first part we will explore the implications of aging workforces on labor markets and public policy responses. The second part focuses on the implications for production systems, innovation processes and human resource development, and the third part discusses changes in employment practices. Finally, we will address the challenges for labor relations and close the conference with a panel discussion of distinguished company representatives.

Simultaneous English-Japanese translation will be available

German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo (DIJ) (Harald CONRAD)
Japan Center, University of Munich (LMU) (Viktoria HEINDORF)
School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo (Shin`ichi WARISAWA)
Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Tokyo Office

Supported by
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
The Japan Foundation (not yet confirmed)


Publication (2008)Human Resource Management in Ageing Societies


Tag 1         5. Oktober (Mittwoch)


Welcoming addresses by organizers

Keynote Speeches

The aging society – positive news from the 'dismal science'

Franz WALDENBERGER (Japan Center, Faculty of Business, University of Munich)

Employment strategies in the population-declining society

Yoshio HIGUCHI (Faculty of Business & Commerce, Keio University)

Part 1: Demographic Aging and the Labor Market: Developments, Challenges and Policies

Towards an active aging society

Atsushi SEIKE (Faculty of Business & Commerce, Keio University)

Paradigm changes in labor market policies for older workers in Germany - background factors and recent developments

Gerhard NAEGELE (Institute of Gerontology, Dortmund University)

Redefining retirement in response to demographic change: challenges and prospects

Philip TAYLOR (Cambridge Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Ageing, University of Cambridge)

Panel Discussion, Chair:

Yasuto YOSHIZOE (College of Economics, Aoyama Gakuin University)

Part 2: Implications for Production Systems, Innovation Processes and Human Resource Development

Ergonomic strategies of design and intervention in promoting health among the aging workforce

Holger LUCZAK (emeritus, Institute of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics, RWTH Aachen)

Beyond the traditional system of on-the-job training – the development of a new robot-E-learning environment

Tohru IHARA (Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University)

Technology transfer and formation in view of the "Culture of Manufacturing": current situation and solution

Shin`ichi WARISAWA (School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo)

Human resource development of college graduate white collar workers in the aging society: Germany and Japan

Takenori INOKI (International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto)

Increasing complexity and the limits of organization in Japanese science-based industry: Case of semiconductor microlithography

Hiroyuki CHUMA (Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University)

Demographic development – Loss of innovation strength?

Klaus KORNWACHS (Chair for Philosophy of Technology, Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus)

The order of seniority – social traditions and software engineering

Susumu HAYASHI (Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University)

Panel Discussion, Chair:

Shuzo FUJIMURA (Graduate School of Innovation Management, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Tag 2         6. Oktober (Donnerstag)

Part 3: Implications for Employment Practices: Perspectives and Prospects

Work and job satisfaction of elderly workers

Isao OHASHI (Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University)

Country-compatible incentive design - an empirical comparison between German and Japanese employees’ preferences

Birgitta WOLFF (Department of International Management, University of Magdeburg)

Workforce demography and incentives for middle-aged workers: A case study of the steel and auto-parts industries from the viewpoint of skill succession

Etsuko HAYASHI (Faculty of Business Administration, Kanagawa University)

Continuous employment up to the age of 65 and major human resource management issues

Hiroki SATO (Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo)

Panel Discussion, Chair:

Jiro NAKAMURA (Advanced Research Institute for the Sciences and Humanities, Nihon University)

Part 4: New Challenges for Labor Relations

The management of restructuring and demographic change - two simultaneous challenges for German labor relations

Matthias KNUTH (Institute for Work and Technology, Gelsenkirchen)

Towards ageless employment - a case study of an industrial union in Japan

Nobuyuki SHINTANI (Japanese Electrical Electronic & Information Union – Denki Rengo)

Industrial relations concerning the reform of HRM practices for coping with aging workforce

Keisuke NAKAMURA (Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo)

Panel Discussion, Chair:

Hiroki SATO (Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo)

Part 5: Panel Discussion with Company Representatives

Refreshing traditional technologies through veteran workers

Tadaaki YAMAZAKI (Ex-Vice President, Adviser, Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries)

How Japan copes with demographic changes in the workforce - A report from the Japan Techno-Economics Society’s round-table discussion

Jumpei MORIMOTO (Ex-Senior Managing Director, Adviser, Obayashi Corporation)

Company policies at BOSCH reflecting upcoming demographic challenges

Stefan STOCKER (President, Bosch Automotive Systems Corporation)


Frank J. WITASEK (Senior Managing and Representative Director, Chief Financial Officer, Bayer Japan)

Panel Discussion, Chair:

Franz Waldenberger (Japan Center, Faculty of Business, University of Munich)

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