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Imploding Populations in Japan and Germany 

2011, Brill, 548 S., ISSN 1568-4474, € 129,00. [ Bestellen ]


This book provides a comprehensive overview of the impact of low birth-rates and population decline on Japan and Germany. Experts from both countries examine a broad range of issues, from demographic change, social ageing, family policies, family formation, work-life balance, domestic and international migration to business perspectives and labour market issues. Focussed on Japan and Germany, two highly developed countries with extremely low fertility, the chapters of this volume also refer to several other countries for comparison. In the absence of war, famine and pandemics, rapid population decline is a new phenomenon. Japan and Germany are struggling with this reality, but many other countries will follow their example.


Part I Societies of Population Decline

S. 1-32
Population Implosion: Coping with the Unknown

Kono, Shigemi

S. 35-53
Confronting the Demographic Trilemma of Low Fertility, Ageing and Depopulation

Klingholz, Reiner

S. 55-62
Europe’s Demographic Future

Streeck, Wolfgang

S. 63-95
Flexible Employment, Flexible Families, and the Socialization of Reproduction

Takahashi, Shigesato

S. 97-113
Economic Globalization and Changes in Family Formation as the Cause of Very Low Fertility in Japan

Shirahase, Sawako

S. 115-139
Income Inequality in a Rapidly Ageing Society, Japan: Focusing on Transformations in the Structure of Households with Elderly

Backes, Gertrud M.

S. 141-148
Ageing Societies: Present Challenges and Models for the Future

Part II Fertility Decline and Policy Implications

Atoh, Makoto

S. 151-173
Japanese Family Policies in Comparative Perspective

Seeleib-Kaiser, Martin; Toivonen, Tuukka

S. 175-201
Promoting Gender Equality, Birthrates, or Human Capital? Germany, Japan and Family Policy Discourse

S. 203-228
Child Care and Work-Life Balance in Low Fertility Japan

S. 229-245
Actors of Social Policy Making in Japan: A Look at the Individual Level

Strohmeier, Klaus Peter

S. 247-266
Growing Up in a Shrinking City: The Impact of Residential Segregation on the Qualitative Reproduction of Urban Society

Part III Challenges and Chances of Ageing

S. 269-294
Business Implications of Demographic Change in Japan: Chances and Challenges for Human Resource and Marketing Management

Hipp, Christiane; Verworn, Christiane

S. 295-307
Silver Employment in Germany: Trends and Consequences for the Management of an Ageing Workforce

S. 309-322
New Housing Options for the Elderly in Japan: The Example of Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward

S. 323-346
The Political Economy of Health-Care Migration: A Japanese Perspective

Friebe, Jens

S. 347-360
Care for the Elderly and Demographic Change: Ageing and Migrant Nurses in the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia

S. 361-372
The Power of Address: Age and Gender in Japanese Eldercare Communication

S. 373-381
Japan’s Adult Guardianship System: Statutory guardianship and civil guardians

Arai, Makoto

S. 383-396
Japan’s Adult Guardianship Law: Current Status and Issues

Part IV Regional Aspects of Ageing and Depopulation

Kemper, Franz-Josef

S. 399-420
Demographic Change and Challenges from a Regional Perspective: The Case of Germany

Ishikawa, Yoshitaka

S. 421-442
Recent In-Migration to Peripheral Regions of Japan in the Context of Incipient National Population Decline

S. 443-460
Rural Depopulation and Economic Shrinkage in Japan: What Can Affected Municipalities Do About It?

Beetz, Stephan

S. 461-472
Demographic, Economic and Institutional Shrinkage – from the Perspective of Rural Areas in Germany

S. 473-491
Left Behind in the Global City: Spaces and Places of Ageing and Shrinking in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area



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