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Sunday, November 7, 2010
《International Symposium》Towards a Society that Lives in Hope: Thoughts on Well-being and Civil Society in Sweden and Japan

  • 2010.11.7 (Sat) 14:00-17:00 (OPEN 13:30)
  • Venue: Auditorium, National Museum of Ethnology, Auditorium
  • Capacity: 450 people (entrance free)
  • Languages: Japanese & English (Simultaneous interpreters provided)
  • Organizer: National Museum of Ethnology
  • Co-organizer: EU Institute in Japan, Kansai
    NISAL(National Institute for the Study of Aging and Later Life, Linco"ping University, Sweden)
  • Supporter: Embassy of Sweden
    Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology
    Kansai NPO Alliance
  • Download the flyer[PDF: 473KB]

Our society faces an aging populace with low birthrates, and at the same time, it moves toward globalization. There is a growing concern that, as a result of isolation and widening gap in income between rich and poor, more people are left out of social inclusion and cannot have hope. It is well-known that Sweden and other northern European countries have an excellent social welfare system and full life security. On the other hand, a sense of happiness and people’s well-being need to be discussed as a future issue because of a high suicide rate of these countries. In this symposium, we will focus on the life of both senior citizens and younger generations and discuss, regarding hopeful living in Sweden, (1) what is put into practice under what way of thinking, and (2) what is the challenge today. Further, we will review the country’s social welfare system as well as its history of practice in order to realize the hopeful living of the citizens, with making comparison between Sweden and Japan.


14:00 - 14:10 Welcome Remarks: SUDO Ken'ichi
(Director-General, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan)
14:10 - 14:30 Introductory Remarks to the Symposium
SUZUKI Nanami (National Museum of Ethnology)
14:30 - 15:10 Presentation 1: The Question of Civil Society in a Scandinavian Welfare State:
Focusing on Older People in Sweden”
Grassman, Eva Jeppsson (NISAL[National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life], Linco"ping University, Sweden)
15:10 - 15:20 Intermission
15:20 - 16:00 Presentation 2: "Redesigning Livelihood Security: The Swedish Model and Japan"
MIYAMOTO Taro (Professor, Graduate School of Law and Faculty Law, Hokkaido University)
16:00 - 16:15 Intermission
16:15 - 16:55 Discussion
GRASSMAN, Eva J, MIYAMOTO Taro, MORI Akiko (National Museum of Ethnology), SAWAYAMA Mikako (Okayama University), SUZUKI Nanami
16:55 - 17:00 Closing Remarks: SUZUKI Motoi (National Museum of Ethnology)