brinton Japan’s Demographic Dilemma: Causes and Consequences

By Profesor Mary C. Brinton, Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology

Japan has experienced birth rates below the population-replacement level for over a quarter-century. Other countries in East Asia and in Europe have since joined this trend, although social change and government policies have recently helped a number of countries experience some recovery. What are the roots of the low birth rate in Japan, and what does the future hold?  Will the Japanese birth rate rise in the future?  This talk will examine key issues related to these questions.

TIME and DATE:  July 4th (Wednesday)  from 19:00pm to 21:00pm (Doors open at 18:30pm)

PLACE:  Roppongi Hills Club

ADMISSION:  6000 yen per person and 3000 yen for current Harvard students and interns.  The fee includes buffuet dinner.  Payable at the door.   Cash bar available.

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Biography: Professor Mary Brinton is the Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. Brinton is a Faculty Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and a member of the Executive Committee of the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies. She joined the Harvard faculty in 2003, having previously taught at the University of Chicago for 12 years and at Cornell University for 4 years.

Brinton’s research and teaching focus on gender inequality, labor markets and employment, social demography, and contemporary Japanese society. Her research combines qualitative and quantitative methods to study institutional change and its effects on individual action, particularly in labor markets. Brinton generally engages in primary data collection for her research projects, and has designed social surveys, interviews, and observational studies in Japan and Korea. Brinton studied sociolinguistics as an undergraduate at Stanford University, and earned an MA in Japanese Studies and an MA and PhD in Sociology at the University of Washington. Brinton served as Chair of the Harvard Department of Sociology from 2010 to 2016  


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