Seminar - Reflections on Japan's evolving approach to welfare

An ageing population places pressure on established modes of welfare provision in Japan. This presentation introduces a number of high profile legal cases in Japan to show that Japanese courts are increasingly called upon to resolve disputes reflecting this new demographic context. These include disputes about accidents involving the elderly with dementia, voting rights for persons under adult guardianship, foreigners’ welfare entitlements, and pension entitlements. The presentation argues that these cases may catalyse delayed reforms in law and public policy and also reflect deeper changes in the role of law in Japanese society.

Bio of the speaker

Trevor Ryan is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Business, Government & Law, University of Canberra. He has studied law, arts, Asian studies and Japanese language at the Australian National University. Since completing his doctoral thesis (Law) in 2010, he has taught legal research, legal theory, and constitutional law at the University of Canberra and the course Japanese Law and Society at the Australian National University College of Law. He is Competitions Convenor for the Australian Network for Japanese Law.

About the Japan Studies Seminar Series

The ANU Japan Studies Seminar Series is a monthly forum for Japan specialists to present their research and opinions on important issues in Japan. Speakers are invited from across various sectors such as academia, business, government, and non-governmental organisations operating both in and outside of Australia. The seminar series aims to introduce audiences to a diverse and fascinating range of debates and issues concerning Japan and its place in the region and the world.

The seminar will be followed by a dinner to allow for informal discussion. All attendees are invited, though those who attend will need to pay for their own food and drinks.

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