date October 9 to 11, 2017

The 2nd Kyoto University-Universität Hamburg Symposium 2018


Care and Migration

The purpose of this session is to clarify how Germany, Japan, and other countries deal with the aging process in relation to the good quality of elderly care and the lack of workforce to meet the increasing care demands. International migration of caregivers is driven in the form of domestic workers, care workers, nurses, or even marriage migrants. Sustainable international mobility has already become an international agenda. Germany and Japan have long-term care insurance and provide a good perspective in comparison with other countries. This session also provides wider coverage, going beyond certain welfare regimes.


Wako Asato, Kyoto University
Gabriele Vogt, Universität Hamburg


Venue: Room 5a, 5F, International Science Innovation Building (No.69 Bldg. on Main Campus Map)

October 10

Chair: Wako Asato

10:30-10:40 Introduction: Wako Asato Aging and Mobility
10:40- 11:10 Wako Asato Aging and new migration policy in East Asia
11:10-11:40 Emiko Ochiai Emerging care regimes in East and Southeast Asia
11:40-12:00 Discussion
13:00-13:30 Mario Lopez The role of small-scale farming in familial care: reducing work risks stemming from the market economy in Northeast Thailand
13:30-14:00 Gabriele Vogt When politics gets in the way: Japan, Southeast Asia and the institutionalization of borders for labor migration
14:00-14:20 Discussion
14:20-14:40 Break
14:40-15:10 Stefanie Kley The pitfalls of long commutes between home and the workplace
15:10-15:40 Ralf Och Explaining differences in local policies towards the marketization of elder care in Germany
15:40-16:00 Discussion
16:00-16:10 Break
16:10-16:40 Anna-Lea Schröder Active aging: mitigating Japan’s demographic crisis?
16:40-17:10 Katrina S. Navallo Caring bodies in mobility: the appropriation of Filipino caregivers in Japanese elderly care settings
17:10-17:45 Discussion

October 11

Chair: Wako Asato

9:30-11:00 Discussion for future cooperation / preparation for wrap-up