International Symposium “Children for the Future, Future of the Children –Child Policies and the Role of Civil Society in a Time of the Economic Crisis”

International Symposium “Children for the Future, Future of the Children --Child Policies and the Role of Civil Society in a Time of the Economic Crisis”


International Symposium “Children for the Future, Future of the Children
– Child Policies and the Role of Civil Society in a Time of the Economic Crisis”
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 13:00-18:00
Venue: JFIC Hall “SAKURA” at the Japan Foundation, Tokyo
*Registration deadline is extended. Please send your registration.

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Leaflet: “Children for the Future,
Future of the Children
--Child Policies and the
Role of Civil Society
in a Time of the Economic Crisis”
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Children are the future of any society. Family and children policies have been discussed with increasing intensity over the last years in Japan and Germany as a consequence of demographic change. Since the beginning of the economic crisis in 2008, child policies have been receiving renewed interest, against the backdrop of a fluctuating job market, the spread of job insecurity and decreasing incomes. As a result, the new governments both in Japan and Germany have put a strong focus on child policies and promised to raise child benefits for families. Politicians and actors in civil society are together exploring new ways of securing the future of children in times of economic crisis.

In this conference, we aim to analyze the changes in family and children policies under the conditions of economic distress. Particularly, we would like to address the following questions: How does the economic turmoil affect the living conditions of children in Japan and Germany? How do policy-makers in Japan and Germany as well as in other industrialized countries address the problems of children? How have Japan and Germany addressed the needs of families and children in their recent economic stimulus packages? How future-oriented are the steps that have been taken to overcome the economic recession and how much consideration have children’s needs received within these policies?


Date&Time Wednesday, November 25, 2009 13:00-18:00
Venue JFIC Hall “SAKURA” at the Japan Foundation Head Office,
4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo Access
Organized by The Japan Foundation, The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Language German and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
*There will be no English translation for the symposium.
Admission Fee Free
* Seats are limited to 100 seats
Registration

*Registration deadline is extended. Please send your registration.

Please register by sending your name, affiliation, and telephone number via e-mail (E-mail) or via FAX (03-5369-6041) by November 18th. Please make sure to enter “Symposium on November 25th” in the title when sending an e-mail.


Program

Opening

13:00-13:15 Sven Saaler, Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation/Sophia University
Tsuyoshi Takahashi, Japan Foundation
Volker Stanzel, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan

Session 1: Social Policies Concerning Children & Families

13:15-15:30 Moderator: Miyoko Motozawa, Tsukuba University

Martina Peucker (Ministry for Family, Elder People, Women and Youth; Germany): Recent Developments in German Family and Children Policies

Tomoaki Asakawa (Director Birthrate Affairs Planning Office, General Affairs Division, Equal Employment, Children and Families, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)): Recent Developments in Family and Children Policies in Japan

Sawako Shirahase (The University of Tokyo): Poverty among Families with Children in International Comparison

Discussion

Masako Maeda (Yokohama Association for International Communications and Exchanges): Which is More Important for Children: Monetary or Societal Support? Policy Priorities under Limited Resources

Antje Richter-Kornweitz (Landesvereinigung für Gesundheit und Akademie für Sozialmedizin Niedersachsen): Child Poverty in Germany and the Consequences for Health, Education and Participation: Policy Recommendations for a Better Future of all Children

Discussion

15:30-15:45 Coffee Break

Session 2: Changing Roles of Parental Involvement and Civil Society

15:45-17:00 Moderator: Satô Michiaki (Asahi Shinbun)

Tetsuya Ando (NGO Fathering Japan): Smiling Fathers will Change the World: When Fathers Become True Citizens

Heinz Hilgers (Federal League for Child Protection, Germany): Children Poverty and Children Policies in Germany: The Role of Civil Society

Axel Klein (German Institute for Japanese Studies, DIJ Tokyo): Family Policies and Low Fertility Rate in Germany and Japan. A Comparative Perspective

Discussion

Session 3: Panel Discussion: What should be done for our future?

17:00-17:45 Moderator: Satô Michiaki (Asahi Shinbun)
Participants: Shirahase, Ando, Maeda, Hilgers, Peucker, Richter
17:45 Closing Remarks
18:00-18:30 Cocktail Reception (Everybody is welcome)
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