Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 6:30 PM - Wednesday, March 29, 2023 8:00 PM
Location: Temple University, Japan Campus (Access) 1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 154-0004


  • Stephen J. Shaw


  • Benoît Hardy-Chartrand (Temple University, Japan Campus)


Childless World, followed by a conversation with the film director Stephen J Shaw. Shocked by data on declining birth rates in Europe and Japan, Stephen embarked on a 24-country journey in order to understand the causes of this phenomenon. Along the way, he came face-to-face with the economic, social and individual consequences of childlessness and declining birth rates. At a time where Japan faces an uncertain future due to population decline, this thought-provoking documentary combines deeply personal stories with never-seen-before demographic data to reveal the surprising reality of what has been happening across the globe.

Date & Time:

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 18:30-20:00


Temple University, Japan Campus 1F Parliament (Access)


Registration is not required (e-mail to with any questions or reply to this email).


This event is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.


Stephen J. Shaw

Stephen J. Shaw is a data scientist, demographer and a documentary Filmmaker. Originally from the UK, he lived and studied in France and the US before settling in Tokyo. He holds an MBA from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion in Paris and is currently pursuing a degree in Data Science at the Harvard Extension School. In addition to writing and directing the documentary Birthgap – Childless World, he is the founder of, a social impact enterprise dedicated to education and research into the phenomenon of birth rate decline.

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