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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien



Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien / German Institute for Japanese Studies
Jochi Kioizaka Bld. 2F, 7-1 Kioicho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094
Tel: 03 – 3222 5198, Fax: 03 3222 5420



Tanimoto Research Group on Social Innovation, Waseda University

Registration Info

The workshop will be held in English. It will take place at the DIJ. Admission is free, registration is necessary:

Joint Workshop

Risks and Opportunities in Japan: Local Communities Confronting Demographic Change and Climate Change

November 12, 2015

The sustainability of Japanese society depends on how we deal with the risks and opportunities in the age of a declining birth rate and an aging population. Securing the future of local communities through innovative ideas and business schemes is being considered as one important strategy. Recently many distinguished social entrepreneurs have tackled and solved the social problems in respective communities with local stakeholders and achieved social change. One related area is renewable energy through its contribution to regional value added. This workshop will focus on exploring the following questions; how do social entrepreneurs start and manage their business, how do they create and diffuse social innovation, how do they build collaboration with stakeholders in communities, and how do they make an impact in the local society? How do Japanese and German communities try to exploit the potential of renewable energy for regional economic development?


10:00 A.M.

Franz Waldenberger, DIJ and Kanji Tanimoto, Waseda University

10:10 A.M.
Keynote Speech


Kanji Tanimoto

Entrepreneurship, new Combinations and Enterprises with Social Effects: Creative Responses to Demographic Change

Kazue Haga

German Institute for Japanese Studies

The Role of Insurance Companies in the Age of Aging Society (tentative)

Takahiro Ogasawara, AXA Insurance, Chief CSR Officer

11:10 A.M.
Case Study I: Declining Birth Rate and an Aging Population


Kanji Tanimoto

Social Innovation and Sick Childcare in Japan: The Case Study of Florence

Masaatsu Doi, Hosei University

Social Innovation for Housewives: The Case of Career Mum

Shuji Ohira, Chiba University of Commerce

How to Attract Resources of Local Community and the Necessity of Bird Eyes in Social Innovation: The Case of FRAU

Nobuyoshi Ohmuro, Kyoto Sangyo University

Social Innovation in Home Care Support Service for Senior Citizen and Disabled People: The Case of Care Center Yawaragi

Kunio Okura, Hirosaki University

Social Innovation in Regional Activation: The Case of Salad Cosmo

Kimihisa Komura, Kyoto Sangyo University

12:50 P.M.

14:10 P.M.
Case Study II: Environment and Renewable Energy


Kanji Tanimoto

Transition Towns

Christian Dimmer, The University of Tokyo

Risk Perceptions and Intergenerational Relations in Rural Japan – Potentials and Initiatives for Sustainable Development in Hakusan

Daniel Kremers

German Institute for Japanese Studies

Renewable Energy as Community Business - The Japanese Town Oki and German Village St. Peter

Franz Waldenberger

German Institute for Japanese Studies

15:20 P.M.
Plenary Session


Franz Waldenberger


Kazue Haga, Christian Dimmer, Nobuyoshi Ohmuro, Masaatsu Doi

16:40 P.M.

Franz Waldenberger and Kanji Tanimoto

17:00 P.M.