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Conference

‘Aging Japan’ Closing Conference

Date
24 April 2018
Time
Address
Scheltema
Leiden 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 April 24, following lectures by prominent experts from Japan and the United States who will provide background information on aging and robotics in the Japanese context.

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