ICAS Event: John Mock on "Crisis in Stasis" - The Demolition and Depopulation of Non-Metropolitan Japan

Date
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Time
7:00 p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30 p.m.)
Venue
TUJ Mita Hall 502/503 (Access)
Speaker
John Mock
Moderator
Robert Dujarric, Director, ICAS
Admission
Free. Open to general public.
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Outline

While there are "natural" causes for depopulation and aging, there are also other "unnatural" elements that make Japan quite different from other advanced economies. Unlike North America and Western Europe, Japan is continuing to urbanize. Therefore, depopulation is more acute in non-metropolitan Japan than in other comparable societies. Many of the roots of this dramatic depopulation lie in the policies of the powerful national and prefectural bureaucracies that lack local knowledge. John Mock will be using examples from four ministries to talk about the negative effects on Akita prefecture and, by extension, about 80 - 85% of Japan (geographically). He will argue, that what the central (and prefectural) bureaucracies should provide support in the form of appropriate infrastructure and other elements and allow local communities to make most of the decisions themselves.

About the Speaker

Visiting Professor Mock was born in New York City, lived in Connecticut and North Carolina prior to attending Michigan State University were he earned his BA, MA, and Ph. D. He first came to Japan in 1975 to do his dissertation research in anthropology, where he studied the social history of a Sapporo neighborhood.

He taught at several universities in Japan and the United States. Prior to joining Temple University Japan Campus, he retired as a professor at the College of International Studies at Tsukuba University. He started as an "urban anthropologist" interested in local political structures, notably neighborhood associations and is now researching the "rural" end of "rural/urban migration". For almost two decades, he has been looking at various aspects of depopulation and aging in Akita and studying the different responses to depopulation in North America, Western Europe and Japan.

About ICAS
The Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.


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