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Demographic Challenges for Human Resource Management and Labor Market Policies - A German-Japanese Comparison (Human Resource Management und Arbeitsmarktpolitik vor der demographischen Herausforderung - Ein deutsch-japanischer Vergleich)

05.10.2005 - 06.10.2005


 German and Japanese populations are rapidly aging. By the year 2025 the ratio of the population aged over 65 is expected to reach 24% in Germany and 29% in Japan. This demographic development will have huge consequences for the private and public sectors. And because the labor population is shrinking in both countries the efficient utilization of human labor will become a particularly important challenge.
This conference analyzes the challenges that an aging workforce imposes on public and company policies in Germany and Japan. These issues shall be approached from five different angles. In the first part we will explore the implications of aging workforces on labor markets and public policy responses. The second part focuses on the implications for production systems, innovation processes and human resource development, and the third part discusses changes in employment practices. Finally, we will address the challenges for labor relations and close the conference with a panel discussion of distinguished company representatives.

Simultaneous English-Japanese translation will be available

German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo (DIJ) (Harald CONRAD)
Japan Center, University of Munich (LMU) (Viktoria HEINDORF)
School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo (Shin`ichi WARISAWA)
Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Tokyo Office

Supported by
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
The Japan Foundation (not yet confirmed)


Publication (2008)Human Resource Management in Ageing Societies


9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-9:50 Welcoming addresses by organizers
9:50-10:30 Keynote Speeches
  The aging society – positive news from the 'dismal science'
Franz WALDENBERGER (Japan Center, Faculty of Business, University of Munich)

  Employment strategies in the population-declining society
Yoshio HIGUCHI (Faculty of Business & Commerce, Keio University)

10:30-12:30 Part 1: Demographic Aging and the Labor Market: Developments, Challenges and Policies
  Towards an active aging society
Atsushi SEIKE (Faculty of Business & Commerce, Keio University)

  Paradigm changes in labor market policies for older workers in Germany - background factors and recent developments
Gerhard NAEGELE (Institute of Gerontology, Dortmund University)

  Redefining retirement in response to demographic change: challenges and prospects
Philip TAYLOR (Cambridge Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Ageing, University of Cambridge)

  Panel Discussion, Chair:
Yasuto YOSHIZOE (College of Economics, Aoyama Gakuin University)

14:00-18:45 Part 2: Implications for Production Systems, Innovation Processes and Human Resource Development
  Ergonomic strategies of design and intervention in promoting health among the aging workforce
Holger LUCZAK (emeritus, Institute of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics, RWTH Aachen)

  Beyond the traditional system of on-the-job training – the development of a new robot-E-learning environment
Tohru IHARA (Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University)

  Technology transfer and formation in view of the "Culture of Manufacturing": current situation and solution
Shin`ichi WARISAWA (School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo)

  Human resource development of college graduate white collar workers in the aging society: Germany and Japan
Takenori INOKI (International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto)

  Increasing complexity and the limits of organization in Japanese science-based industry: Case of semiconductor microlithography
Hiroyuki CHUMA (Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University)

  Demographic development – Loss of innovation strength?
Klaus KORNWACHS (Chair for Philosophy of Technology, Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus)

  The order of seniority – social traditions and software engineering
Susumu HAYASHI (Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University)

  Panel Discussion, Chair:
Shuzo FUJIMURA (Graduate School of Innovation Management, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

9:30-12:00 Part 3: Implications for Employment Practices: Perspectives and Prospects
  Work and job satisfaction of elderly workers
Isao OHASHI (Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University)

  Country-compatible incentive design - an empirical comparison between German and Japanese employees’ preferences
Birgitta WOLFF (Department of International Management, University of Magdeburg)

  Workforce demography and incentives for middle-aged workers: A case study of the steel and auto-parts industries from the viewpoint of skill succession
Etsuko HAYASHI (Faculty of Business Administration, Kanagawa University)

  Continuous employment up to the age of 65 and major human resource management issues
Hiroki SATO (Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo)

  Panel Discussion, Chair:
Jiro NAKAMURA (Advanced Research Institute for the Sciences and Humanities, Nihon University)

13:30-16:00 Part 4: New Challenges for Labor Relations
  The management of restructuring and demographic change - two simultaneous challenges for German labor relations
Matthias KNUTH (Institute for Work and Technology, Gelsenkirchen)

  Towards ageless employment - a case study of an industrial union in Japan
Nobuyuki SHINTANI (Japanese Electrical Electronic & Information Union - Denki Rengo)

  Industrial relations concerning the reform of HRM practices for coping with aging workforce
Keisuke NAKAMURA (Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo)

  Panel Discussion, Chair:
Hiroki SATO (Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo)

16:00-18:30 Part 5: Panel Discussion with Company Representatives
  Refreshing traditional technologies through veteran workers
Tadaaki YAMAZAKI (Ex-Vice President, Adviser, Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries)

  How Japan copes with demographic changes in the workforce - A report from the Japan Techno-Economics Society’s round-table discussion
Jumpei MORIMOTO (Ex-Senior Managing Director, Adviser, Obayashi Corporation)

  Company policies at BOSCH reflecting upcoming demographic challenges
Stefan STOCKER (President, Bosch Automotive Systems Corporation)

Frank J. WITASEK (Senior Managing and Representative Director, Chief Financial Officer, Bayer Japan)

  Panel Discussion, Chair:
Franz Waldenberger (Japan Center, Faculty of Business, University of Munich)


The University of Tokyo
Sanjo Conference Hall
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8654, Japan
Ph. +81-3-3812-2111

How to get there:

Hongo-sanchome Sta. (Subway Marunouchi Line) 8 min. walk
Hongo-sanchome Sta. (Subway Oedo Line) 6 min. walk
Yushima Sta. or Nezu Sta. (Subway Chiyoda Line) 8 min. walk
Todaimae Sta. (Subway Namboku Line) 6 min. walk



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