Japan's Low Fertility: Patterns, Factors, and Policy Responses
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 6:00pm
Japan's Low Fertility: Patterns, Factors, and Policy Responses


The PSU Center for Japanese Studies presents

Professor Noriko Tsuya
Keio University

April 25, 2019 | 6 p.m.

Smith Student Union, room 327/8
Free and open to the Public

Japan’s population could drop from 127 Million to 107 Million by 2050!

What is the background to this situation?

Professor Tsuya will discuss the following topics 

Trends and patterns of fertility decline to below-
replacement levels in Japan, China and South Korea;

Major demographic factors of low fertility, i.e., declining marriages and declining marital fertility;

Socioeconomic factors of low fertility, including education, employment and gender relations; 

Policy responses and policy developments since the mid-2010s.

Noriko Tsuya is Professor of Economics at Keio University in Tokyo and was visiting professor at California Institute of Technology. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago with specialization in demography and social statistics. Her research focuses on fertility and family change in Asia and developed countries. She is currently the President of the Population Association of Japan, and a member of the Science Council of Japan, the country’s national academy. She is also a member of the Social Security Commission of Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, chairing the population committee. 

Her publications include Prudence and Pressure: Reproduction and Human Agency in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900 (with Wang Feng et al., MIT Press, 2010), which received the 13th Population Association of Japan (PAJ) Award for the best book published in 2009–2010, and Shoshika-jidai no Kazoku Henyo (Family Change in the Age of Low Fertility) (with Makoto Atoh et al., University of Tokyo Press, 2011,) which was given the 14th PAJ Award for the best book published in 2011–2012.

With support from the United States-Japan Foundation

All programs sponsored by the Center for Japanese Studies are funded by donations from the local community, as well as from grants.