Long-term Problems and Short-term Disasters:
Politics and Social Policy in Post 3/11 Japan

Universität Duisburg Essen, Institute Of East Asian Studies

The Project aim is to stage an international and interdisciplinary dialogue between political scientists, sociologists and economists, from Germany, the USA and Japan to focus on social policy and governance in contemporary Japan. For several years the Japanese government had been trying to deal with low economic growth, growing inequality, and longterm population aging. The project is divided into two interconnected events: an open public symposium on Thursday evening, December 15, and a cross-disciplinary and multi-lateral  workshop on Friday, December 16. The Symposium on December 15, open to the general public, is organized as a dialogue between two leading political scientists with a long research  history in the study of Japanese politics, Professor John Campbell, emeritus University of Michigan, and Professor Gerald Curtis, Columbia University. These leading researchers will join a workshop on December 16, co-sponsored by the DFG Research Training Group 1613 "Risk and East  Asia" where the aim will be to engage with young scholars from excellent centers of graduate education in Japan and Germany.

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