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Japan’s Population Implosion

The 50 Million Shock

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Written by key participants and experts in Japan's population crisis debate

  • Relevant for countries across Asia and Europe experiencing the growing population decline

  • Offers an interdisciplinary study of a major political, social and economic issue

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxix
  2. Introduction

    • Inagawa Hidekazu
    Pages 1-25
  3. The Greater Tokyo Shock

    • Seta Fumihiko, Otake Hiroshi, Umeyama Goro
    Pages 27-49
  4. A Collapse in Regional Infrastructure

    • Igarashi Chikako, Akiyama Yuki, Kamiya Kenichi
    Pages 51-78
  5. Demographic Policy

    • Inagawa Hidekazu
    Pages 97-114
  6. National Land (Regional/Administrative) Policy

    • Sunahara Yosuke, Seta Fumihiko, Umeyama Goro
    Pages 115-130
  7. Population Growth Policy and Public Finance

    • Oguro Kazumasa
    Pages 155-172
  8. Optimum Population/Land Relocation: Area Management—Crisis Management

    • Sunahara Yosuke, Seta Fumihiko, Umeyama Goro
    Pages 173-195
  9. Countering Falling Regional Population with Business

    • Matsuda Kiyoto, Arai Junji, Nagao Takashi
    Pages 197-215
  10. Policy Proposals

    • Yoichi Funabashi
    Pages 217-227
  11. Back Matter

    Pages 229-235

About this book

This cutting edge collection examines Japan’s population issue, exploring how declining demographic trends are affecting Japan’s social structure, specifically in the context of Greater Tokyo, life infrastructure, public finance and the economy. Considering the failures of past Japanese policies from the perspective of population, national land, and politics, it argues that the inability of past administrations to develop a long-term and comprehensive policy has exacerbated the population crisis. This text identifies key negative chain reactions that have stemmed from this policy failure, notably the effect of population decline on future economic growth and public finances and the impact of shrinking municipalities on social and community infrastructure to support quality of life. It also highlights how population decline can precipitate inter-generational conflict, and impact on the strength of the state and more widely on Japan’s international status. Japan is on the forefront of the population problem, which is expected to affect many of the world’s advanced industrial economies in the 21st century.  Based on the study of policy failures, this book makes recommendations for effective population policy – covering both ‘mitigation’ measures to encourage a recovery in the depopulation process as well as ‘adaptation’ measures to maintain and improve living standards – and provides key insights into dealing with the debilitating effects of population decline.

Keywords

  • social security and ageing populations
  • Japan's population decline
  • ageing societies
  • population growth and demographic policy
  • silver democracy
  • public finance and social security

Editors and Affiliations

  • Asia Pacific Initiative, Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, Tokyo, Japan

    Yoichi Funabashi

About the editor

Yoichi Funabashi Ph.D. is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Asia Pacific Initiative and former Editor-in-Chief for the Asahi Shimbun. He is an award-winning Japanese journalist, columnist and author. He has written extensively on foreign affairs, the US-Japan Alliance, economics and historical issues in the Asia Pacific. He has a distinguished career as a journalist, notably winning the Shorenstein Journalism Award as the first Japanese recipient, the Japan Press Award known as Japan’s “Pulitzer Prize” for his columns on international affairs, and many other prizes.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Japan’s Population Implosion

  • Book Subtitle: The 50 Million Shock

  • Editors: Yoichi Funabashi

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4983-5

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-10-4982-8

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-13-5284-3

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-10-4983-5

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIX, 235

  • Number of Illustrations: 34 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Population and Demography, Social Choice and Welfare, Ageing

Buying options

eBook USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-981-10-4983-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)