After a period of flexibility and deregulation of the labor market in Germany and Japan voices have been growing louder over the past few years calling for a new labor market order. Precarious employment conditions, for example in the form of project or contract work, and the expansion of the low-wage sector places parents from different social groups under pressure and are proving to be “effective contraceptives” both in Japan and in Germany because a dependable material foundation to establish a family is missing, leading to the desire to start a family being postponed for later in life or abandoned altogether.
The result over time is a delicate imbalance between the generations - both countries are among the world's worst performers in terms of birth rates. In addition, against the background of demographic change and in view of skill shortages, awareness is growing among the sectors of business, science, politics and public services that both societies will in the future have to deal more carefully with their limited human resources. The prevention of child and family poverty in this context is also an issue as is the promotion of workplace health, the better utilization of the talents and skills of women, but also of migrant workers. Finally, we are also observing companies’ developing an interest in maintaining the employability of older workers.
The symposium will be held with an updated inventory analysis and exploration of innovative perspectives from the labor market, gender equality and family policy. The political actions required will then be discussed with a wider audience.
For further details and registration procedure please refer to the German or Japanese page!