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‘Aging Japan’ Closing Conference

Tuesday 12 December 2017
Marktsteeg 1
2312 CS Leiden

Japan is rapidly aging. Currently one in eight Japanese is older than 75, 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 sign of a global trend. The Netherlands, too, is faced with a growing elderly population.

For several years, Japan has projected an image of itself as a front-runner in the use of IT in elderly care, presenting technology as the solution to the aging problem. In particular, the use of robotics received extensive attention in the media both in Japan and abroad. The “Aging Japan” project conducted by the LeidenAsiaCentre has put those claims to the test, by on the one hand analyzing the content of the media coverage, and on the other hand exploring the ways in which technological solutions were in reality implemented in Japan.

The results of the project will be presented at the closing conference on December 12, following two lectures by prominent experts from Japan and the United States who will provide background information on aging and robotics in the Japanese context.

The program will be as follows:

• Prof. Kasia Cwiertka (Director LeidenAsiaCentre, Chair Modern Japanese Studies, Leiden University):
Opening and welcome

• Prof. Emiko Ochiai (Kyoto University):
The Elderly in the World’s Most Aged Society

• Prof. Jennifer Robertson (University of Michigan):
Robot Caregivers and Robo-therapy in Japan: Treating the ‘Trauma’ of Aging

• Anoma van der Veere MA (LeidenAsiaCentre):
Newspaper analysis: Symbolic innovation and technological solutions for an aging society

• Dr. Susanne Brucksch (German Institute for Japanese Studies):
IT and elderly care in Japan

• Dr. Michel Bleijlevens (University of Maastricht):
Innovation in elderly care: relevant lessons from Japan

For the full programme, click here.

The conference takes place from 10:00-17:30 at Scheltema, Leiden. To attend, please register by sending an e-mail to events@leidenasiacentre.nl

Leiden Asia Centre

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