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Depopulation and Degrowth in Japan, post-1990


Participants joined for an opportunity to meet with the University of Washington’s Justin Jesty, Associate Professor in Asian Languages and Literature who introduced how Japan’s shrinking population and low-growth economy affect contemporary society. We  learned about trends since the 1990s and forecasts for the future, with particular attention to how they impact different places, industries, and age groups differently. We also learned about efforts to mitigate the impacts of depopulation and degrowth and discussed how they might affect the way people think about values and life courses. Finally, we discussed the role of Japan’s restrictive immigration policy.

This workshop was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center (EARC) in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington with funding from a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).


August 10, 2020, 9:30-11:30 am (PST)

This was a virtual program – instructions on how to join this meeting on Zoom were sent the day before the event.

Program Leader

Justin Jesty, Associate Professor in Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington.

Melanie King, Interim Associate Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at South Seattle College.


  • Online resources
  • 2 free Washington State OSPI clock hours