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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
Prof. Dr. Kasia Cwiertka

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.

Researcher (Tokyo)

  • Dr. Susanne Brucksch (Project Leader: “Aging in Japan: Domestic Healthcare Technologies in Place”)
  • Junko Sakurai, MPH
  • Miki Akaike, MA
  • Rie Masuda, MPH
  • Dr. Kazue Haga (collaborator)

Researcher (Leiden, The Netherlands)

  • Prof. Dr. Kasia Cwiertka (Project Director of the overall research scheme “Aging Japan: Leading the way into the future”)
  • Anoma van der Veere, M.A.
  • Pam van Ipenburg, B.A.

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

Staff

Susanne Brucksch
(Social Science, Innovation Studies, Science & Technology Studies)

Projects

Technical Innovation and Research Collaboration / Clusters: Biomedical Engineering in Japan

The Future of Local Communities in Japan - Risks and Opportunities in the Face of Multiple Challenges

Events

March 31, 2017
Workshops
Humans & Machines in Medical Contexts: Case Studies from Japan