Symposium: “Urban-rural migration in Japan: transnational and comparative perspectives"
Rural areas are struggling with economic and demographic problems in many places of the world and are often confronted with the migration of rural populations to urban centers. This is especially true for communities in rural Japan, which have been affected by declining birth rates, aging, and out-migration for decades. In the past decade, however, there has been a sharp increase in both the number of people interested in moving from urban to rural areas in Japan and those who actually relocate. Urban-rural migration of older people yearning for a more relaxed retirement or younger people seeking a more sustainable lifestyle is currently evident in many post-industrial societies. A distinctive feature of Japan is the numerous programs and subsidies initiated by various actors to encourage people to move or return to rural Japan and thereby revitalize local economies and agriculture. Although research on rural areas in Japan assumes that the immigration of educated and creative people has a positive impact on the revitalization of rural communities, there has been little empirical evidence to support this assumption.
This is the starting point of this symposium, which aims to compare empirical results from the DFG project "Urban-rural migration and rural revitalization in Japan" with urban-rural migration outside Japan, while at the same time discussing the role of transnational mobility for domestic urban-rural migration in Japan. From an interdisciplinary perspective and with the involvement of practitioners, the symposium aims to analyze connections between urban-rural migration, (local) revitalization practices and global social, political and economic structures.
Programm / プログラム / Program
Thursday, February 2
16:00 Keynote Speeches (on Japan and Europe)
17:30 Round Table Discussion: Urban-rural migration and rural revitalization from a global perspective: Challenges for Japan and Europe
Tuesday, February 3
09:30 Panel: Urban-rural migrants’ experiences and their contributions to rural areas
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 Panel: Project introduction: Urban-rural migration and rural revitalization in Japan
14:00 Panel: Urban-rural migration and the state: Policies and politics
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Panel: The future of rural areas and urban-rural migration
17:30 Final Discussion
18:15 End of symposium