Abe Fellowship Colloquium - "Japan: The Precarious Future"

, 6:00pm –

Speakers: Anne Allison アン・アリソン
Professor, Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
“Precarity and Hope: Social Connectedness in Postcapitalist Japan”

Sawako Shirahase 白波瀬佐和子Abe Fellow (1999) 安倍フェロー
Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, University of Tokyo
“Demography as Destiny: Falling Birthrates and the Allure of a Blended Society”

Machiko Osawa 大沢眞知子Abe Fellow (1992) 安倍フェロー
Professor, Faculty of Integrated Arts and Social Sciences, Japan Women's University
“Risk and Consequences: The Changing Japanese Employment Paradigm”

Moderator: Saori Katada 片田さおりAbe Fellow (1999) 安倍フェロー
Associate Professor, School of International Relations, University of Southern California

Japan -The Precarious Future is an edited volume that examines the various roads that might lie ahead for Japan’s possible futures. This colloquium focuses on some of the social issues raised in the book: three of the authors will present their chapters on demographic transformation, social connectedness, and the changing employment system. The talks will consider such issues as population decline and its implications for society; the rise of a relationless society characterized by lonely deaths, high suicide rate, social withdrawal, etc.; changes in the Japanese labor market including the increasing use of non-regular employees as a corporate cost-cutting strategy and other aspects of the deregulation of the labor market. Unstable employment correlates with other disturbing trends of rising poverty, growing economic disparity, and discouraged youth. The authors will discuss developments since the chapters were written and also analyze the effectiveness of Japan's current policies for tackling these social and economic problems.

Other chapters in the volume address work-life balance and gender, nuclear policy, disaster management, fiscal survival and financial revival, manufacturing, science and technology, security policy, rivalry with China, political leadership, and constitutional reform. The book was published by New York University Press in December 2015.

When: Thursday, June 30th 2016, from 6 pm to 8 pm

Where: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan, 5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
東京都港区六本木5‐11‐16 国際文化会館 講堂

Notes: Simultaneous interpretation will be available. Admission is free.

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