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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Contact

German Institute for Japanese Studies
Dr. Susanne Brucksch
Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F
7-1 Kioicho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094
Japan

+81 (0)3 3222-5077
health-tech-japan@dijtokyo.org

Project Partner

German Institute for Japanese Studies
Dr. Susanne Brucksch

LeidenAsiaCentre, The Netherlands

Research Project: “Aging Japan: Leading the way into the future”

Aging in Japan: Domestic Healthcare Technologies in Place

Collaboration Project between DIJ and LeidenAsiaCentre

BACKGROUND
Japan is the global leader in aging. Currently one out of eight Japanese is older than 75,1 years and predictions indicate that by 2030 nearly one-third of Japanese will belong to the elderly category. This rapid demographic shift is not an isolated Japanese phenomenon, but rather a forbear of the future global trend. Declining fertility combined with the rising life expectancy are most pronounced in OECD countries, but similar tendencies can also be observed in the developing regions.
“Aging in Japan: Domestic Healthcare Technologies in Place“ is a joint project between DIJ Tokyo and LeidenAsiaCentre. More precisely, the research collaboration is part of the overall research scheme “Aging Japan: Leading the way into the future” at LeidenAsiaCentre and “The Future of Local Communities in Japan. Risks and Opportunities in Face of Multiple Challenges” at DIJ Tokyo.

FOCUS
What challenges will aging societies face? What innovations and solutions will prove most effective to deal with them? Do the solutions that are currently being proposed actually work in real life? This project intends to offer empirical evidence from studying the situation in Japan. The analysis will focus on the use of high-tech home care solutions, from remote-care services to robots, exploring the daily interactions of elderly with technology. The speed and intensity of Japan’s demographic change, along with the flexibility of the market and the innovative capacities of Japanese companies, offers a unique opportunity to explore the everyday reality of an aging society.

Publications

Please find the final report on „Ageing in Japan. Domestic Healthcare Technologies. A Qualitative Interview Study on Care Robots, Monitoring Sensor Systems, and ICT-based Telehealth Systems“ here.

Brucksch, Susanne; Schultz, Franziska. 2018. Ageing in Japan. Domestic Healthcare Technologies. A Qualitative Interview Study on Care Robots, Monitoring Sensor Systems, and ICT-based Telehealth Systems. Report. May 2018. Leiden Asia Centre (LAC) and German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ).

Homepage of LeidenAsiaCentre
Website of the Research Project “Aging Japan: Leading the way into the future”

Personal

Susanne Brucksch
(Sozialwissenschaften
Innovation Studies, Science & Technology Studies (STS) )
Principal Researcher

Verwandte Forschungsprojekte oder -programme

Risiken und Chancen in Japan - Herausforderungen angesichts einer zunehmend ungewisseren Zukunft

Biomedical Engineering in Japan: Technische Innovationen und Forschungskooperationen

Die Zukunft der Gemeinden in Japans Regionen - Risiken und Chancen angesichts vielfältiger Herausforderungen

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Events

31. März 2017
Workshops
Humans & Machines in Medical Contexts: Case Studies from Japan