Japan faces the same social policy dilemmas as all advanced nations, but in more acute form. First, the shrinking and aging of the population, oldest in the world now and for the foreseeable future. Second, an economy mired in weak growth and intermittent deflation for two decades now. Third, enormous public debts. Fourth, a governmentÂ seemingly paralyzed by partisan rancor and divided legislative control, with low public trust. We explore the political economy of population aging: how it affects economic growth; whether the government can achieve sustainability and adequacy in pension, health care, and long-term care policies; and what sort of political goals will win enough support from Japanese citizens?
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Prof. John Creighton Campbell, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan; Visiting Scholar, Institute of Gerontology, Tokyo University
- Monday, 12 March 2012
- 5.15 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road