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Page 11: Composite map of aspects of demographic changes

Page 11: Composite map of aspects of demographic changes; this slide shows a map themed 'Annual average change of population 1995-2000 in percent'

Page 10: Migratory balance typology

Page 10: Migratory balance typology; this slide shows a map themed 'Typology of migratory balances by age classes 1995-2000'

Page 09: Components of population change

Page 9: Components of population change; this slide shows a map themed 'Population development by components 1996-1999'

Page 08: Net migration

Page 8: Net migration; this slide shows a map themed 'Crude rate of net migration NUTS 2 - 2003'

Page 07: Natural population change

Page 7: Natural population change; this slide shows a map themed 'Crude rate of natural population increase, 2003, NUTS 2'

Page 06: Fertility rates

Page 6: Fertility rates; this slide shows a map themed 'Number of children per woman 1999'

Page 05: A Europe of growing and shrinking regions (2)

Page 5: Europe of growing and shrinking regions; this slide shows a map themed 'Average annual growth rate of population between 2000 and 2005'

Page 04: A Europe of growing and shrinking regions (1)

Page 4: Europe of growing and shrinking regions; this slide shows a map themed 'Evolution of the population between 1990 and 2000'

Page 03: Demographic Change in Europe

Page 3: Demographic Change in Europe - five key points are formulated (see Notes)

Page 02: Overview of presentation

Page 2: Table of contents: 1. Intro, 2. Europe's demographic characteristics, 3. Consequences of depopulation, 4. EU funding support, 5. Regional-local response, 6. Summary

[2008-07-04] Europe's Shrinking Regions - demographic decline and policy response (Evans, N)

Europe's Shrinking Region : demographic decline and policy response presented at Japan's Shrinking Regions' workshop and symposium, at Sheffield, UK, on the 3-5 July 2008 by Dr Neil Evans, Leeds Metropolitan University

Is it time we rethink the way we treat old people?

Never before has the world reached such level of maturity in terms social and human rights, but yet those advances seem to be applicable to the younger generation rather than the elderly. For a long time, our generation and the one before have perceived old people as a burden, a social class considered to be more a liability than an asset. The creation of care homes, pensioner homes and the likes came as a better way of getting rid of them while making ourselves feel less guilty for doing so.

The notion of "rural"

I wrote about my summer journeys in Europe. Having lived in France, I feel that the conventional notions of rural in Europe are distinctly different from the ones in Japan. I understand that many Japanese see rural as “backward, rednecks, rustic, unsophisticated,” etc. "Rural" is culturally devalued.  On the other hand, many European friends associate rural with more positive images such as “a second house, summer holidays, happiness, idyllic, rich natural resources,” etc.

田舎という概念

春 ヨーロッパで好きな季節といったら、やはり4月から6月にかけてが最高。陰鬱な鉛色の長い長い冬がようやく終わって、訪れる春。冬が暗く厳しいだけに春がきた喜びといったら、ない。

青々とした牧草の丘がゆるやかにうねり、菜の花畑が重なる。緑と黄色の広大なパッチワークを車窓から眺めながら、目的地に向うのもこの季節の楽しみのひとつだ。近くには新緑の木々の青葉が日差しに輝き映える。芝の緑のじゅうたんに赤いひなげしが咲きほこり、まさに春爛漫。家々の庭には手入れの行き届いたバラが咲きそろう。「ジューン・ブライドは幸せになる」という、いわれはよく知らないが、納得ができる。一年の中で幸福や希望を一番強く感じる季節だから。

Shrinking Sado by Peter Matanle

This presentation titled "Shrinking Sado: Education, Employment and the Decline of Japan’s Regions" was presented by Dr. Peter Matanle of the University of Sheffield at the British Association for Japanese Studies Annual Conference that took place on 11-12 April 2008 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Sado was once famous for the biggest gold and silver mine in Japan.

Booming times are long gone. A rural prefecture, Shimane, also used to have the thriving Japanese silver mining industry in Iwami-Ginzan. Today these rural areas depended on natural resource extraction have failed to attract people and businesses and have succumbed to depopulation and demographic aging.

Click here to see Peter's presentation.

Shrinking_Sado : Education, Employment and the Decline of Japan’s Regions presented at the British Association for Japanese Studies Annual Conference, at Manchester, UK, on the 11-12 April 2008 by Dr Peter Matanle, University of Sheffield

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