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Imploding Populations – Global and Local Challenges of Demographic Change

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The Center for the Advancement of Working Women (CAWW),
5-35-3 Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0014
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1-min. walk from Mita Station (Exit A1) on Toei Asakusa Line


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International Symposium

Imploding Populations – Global and Local Challenges of Demographic Change

Imploding Populations – Global and Local Challenges of Demographic Change

June 2 - June 4, 2009

Only a few decades ago, the dramatic population growth during modern industrialisation was routinely referred to as “population explosion.” In our day, however, the industrialised world has entered a phase of “population implosion.” Constantly low fertility levels, demographic ageing and impending population decline are shaking established convictions about limitless growth. This conference provides a forum to compare current demographic trends in industrialised countries with a focus on Japan and Germany, analyzes the resultant social, economic and political challenges both at national and local levels, and examines countermeasures that have been implemented or are under discussion.

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Presentations

Day 1         June 2nd (Tuesday)

10:00–
Registration

10:30–10:40
Opening Address

Florian Coulmas


German Institute for Japanese Studies

10:40–11:25
Keynote Speech I: Flexible Labour Markets, Weak Family Ties and the Socialisation of Reproduction

Wolfgang STREECK (Director, MPI for the Study of Societies, Cologne)

11:25–12:10
Keynote Speech II: Challenges to the Demographic Trilemma of Low Fertility, Ageing and Depopulation

Shigemi KONO (Professor emer., Reitaku University)

12:10–13:10
Lunch Break

 
PART I: CHALLENGES OF DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE IN JAPAN IN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
(presentation of 30 minutes each, followed by 10 minutes of discussion)

13:10–13:50
The Demographic Future of Europe

Reiner KLINGHOLZ (Berlin Institute for Population and Development)

13:50–14:30
Policy Responses to Very Low Fertility in Japan in a Comparative Perspective

Makoto ATOH (Waseda University)

14:30–15:00
Coffee Break

15:00–15:40
Demographic Changes in Japan: Economic Globalization and Changes in Family Formation

Shigesato TAKAHASHI (National Institute for Population and Social Security Research)

15:40–16:20
Socio-Economic Inequality in an Ageing Society: Japan

Sawako SHIRAHASE (Tokyo University)

16:20–16:30
Short Break

 
Panel 3: Intranational Patterns of Demographic Change: Germany and Japan

Chair:

Ralph Lützeler


German Institute for Japanese Studies

16:30–17:10
Demographic Change and Challenges in Germany from a Regional Perspective

Franz-Josef KEMPER (Humboldt-University, Berlin)

17:10–17:50
Recent In-Migration to Peripheral Regions of Japan in the Context of Incipient National Population Decline

Yoshitaka ISHIKAWA (Kyoto University)

Day 2         June 3rd (Wednesday)

 
PART II: SPECIAL ASPECTS OF DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE: THE LOCAL PERSPECTIVE

9:30–10:45
Panel 1: Demographic Changes and Intra-Urban Disparities

Growing up in Shrinking Cities: The Impact of Residential Segregation on the Qualitative Reproduction of Urban Society

Klaus Peter STROHMEIER (Ruhr University of Bochum)

Left Behind in the Global City: Spaces and Places of Ageing, Shrinking and Unemployment in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area

Ralph Lützeler


German Institute for Japanese Studies

10:45–12:00
Panel 2: Regional Development in Shrinking Rural Environments

Demographic, Economic and Institutional Shrinkage – from the Perspective of Rural Areas in Germany

Stephan BEETZ (University of Applied Sciences, Mittweida)

Rural Depopulation and Economic Shrinkage in Japan: What Can Affected Localities Do About it?

Volker Elis


German Institute for Japanese Studies

12:00–13:15
Panel 3: International Migration of Caregivers

Nurses on the Move: An International Labour Market

Mireille KINGMA (ICN International Council of Nurses, Geneva)

Care for the Elderly and Demographic Change: Examples from the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Jens FRIEBE (German Institute for Adult Education, Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning)

Doors Cracking Open? International Care-Giver Migration to Japan

Gabriele VOGT (University of Hamburg)

13:15–14:30
Lunch Break

14:30–15:45
Panel 4: Intergenerational Communication

Intergenerational Relations in the Media

Caja THIMM (University of Bonn)

Communication in Japanese Elderly Care

Peter Backhaus


German Institute for Japanese Studies

16:15–17:30
Panel 5: Silver Employment

Silver Employment in Germany: Trends and Consequences for Human Resource Management

Christiane HIPP (Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus)

Baby Boomer Retirement and Ageing Workforces in Japan: Challenges, Chances, Perspectives

Florian Kohlbacher


German Institute for Japanese Studies

17:30–18:45
Panel 6: Silver Markets

Exciting Times are Ahead: The Silver Market from a German Perspective

Uwe KLEINEMAS (University of Bonn)

The Silver Market Phenomenon in Japan: Lessons Learned and Future Challenges and Opportunities

Florian Kohlbacher


German Institute for Japanese Studies

Day 3         June 4th (Thursday)

10:00–11:15
Panel 7: Housing the Elderly

Housing Alternatives for the Aged with Regard to the Demographic Change in Germany

Ursula KREMER-PREISS (Kuratorium Deutsche Altershilfe, Cologne)

New Housing Options for the Elderly in Japan

Maren Godzik


German Institute for Japanese Studies

11:15–12:30
Panel 8: Adult Guardianship

Adult Guardianship Law in the World Today

Makoto ARAI (Tsukuba University)

Adult Guardianship in Japan

Junko Ando


German Institute for Japanese Studies

13:45–15:00
Panel 9: Childcare and Low Fertility

Childcare and Fertility in Germany

Karsten HANK (University of Mannheim)

Childcare and Work-Life Balance in Low Fertility Japan

Barbara Holthus


German Institute for Japanese Studies

15:00–16:15
Panel 10: Ideas and Interests in Pronatal Policies

Socio-Economic Contexts, Ideas and Interests Shaping Child-Related Policy in Germany and Japan

Tuukka TOIVONEN and Martin SEELEIB-KAISER (Oxford University)

Target Groups of Pronatal Policies in Japan and Germany

Axel Klein


German Institute for Japanese Studies

16:15–16:45
Coffee Break

16:45–18:00
PART III – PANEL DISCUSSION: GREY OR SILVER? CHALLENGES AND THE FUTURE OF AGEING SOCIETIES

Chair:

Florian Coulmas


German Institute for Japanese Studies

Introductory Presentation

Gertrud BACKES (Director, Centre of Ageing and the Society, University of Vechta)

18:00
End of Conference

Day 2         June 3rd (Wednesday)

15:45–16:15
Coffee Break

Day 3         June 4th (Thursday)

12:30–13:45
Lunch Break

Day 1         June 2nd (Tuesday)

 
Panel 1: Demographic Change in Europe and Japan in Contrast

Chair:

Axel Klein


German Institute for Japanese Studies

 
Panel 2: Demographic Change and the Family in Japan

Chair:

Peter Backhaus


German Institute for Japanese Studies

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