Stockholm Seminar on Japan, 2 April 2014
"3/11 and the Aging Society in Northern Japan" by Dr. Christian Tagsold, Associate Professor, Institute for Modern Japan, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
2014-04-02 at 12:30
The triple catastrophe of March 11, 2011, in Northern Japan hit a region that has been aging rapidly in the last decades. Dr Tagsold will ask how various agents dealt with this particular demographic vulnerability. Some recent accounts note that in post-Fukushima Japan the cooperation between state and civic actors was relatively smooth and efficient, especially compared to the aftermath of the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995. However, Dr Tagsold’s fieldwork data suggests that this is not true when it comes to caring for the elderly, and most notably those suffering from dementia. Civic actors had a hard time trying to establish networks of help due to inertia of official institutions.
Christian Tagsold is an associate professor for Modern Japan at the Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf. He is a member of the Heinrich Heine University research group “Age(ing): Cultural Concepts and Practical Realisations”. His research focuses mainly on four topics: Japanese gardens in the West, aging society and welfare in Japan, Japanese communities worldwide and sports mega-events. He has been a team liaison officer for the Japanese squads at the FIFA World Cups 2006 and 2011. His new book Spaces of Translation: Japanese Gardens in the West (University of Pennsylvania Press) is forthcoming in summer 2014.
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 2, 12:30 – 13:50
Venue: Sal A,Kräftriket, Hus 4A, Stockholm University