Japan's Experience with Population Aging: Policy Challenges and Innovations

Saturday, July 19, 2014: 12:30 PM-2:20 PM
Room: 304
RC11 Sociology of Aging (host committee)
RC41 Sociology of Population

Language: English

Japan has, as most in sociology know, the demographically oldest population in the world. Low fertility societies that are rapidly aging are occurring in many regions of the world. Many policy questions and challenges are raised by population aging -- about activation of older people, generational transfers and relations, health care, gender equality, immigration, etc. Yet, from the experience of Japan in addressing policy issues, we find that innovation is possible and indeed likely.
Session Organizers:
Susan MCDANIEL, University of Lethbridge, Canada and Zachary ZIMMER, University of California San Francisco, USA
Wako ASATO, kyoto university, Japan
Intergenerational Transfer within Families from the Perspective of Social Inequality in Japan (Oral Presentation)
Sawako SHIRAHASE, University of Tokyo, Japan

Newly Started Activities of 80-Year-Old Japanese Seniors (Oral Presentation)
Wataru KOYANO, Seigakuin University, Japan; Shino SAWAOKA, Dia Foundation for Research on Ageing Societies, Japan; Ichiro KAI, The University of Tokyo, Japan; Yuichi ANDO, National Institute of Public Health, Japan; Hitoshi OSADA, Suginami City, Japan