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Mo, 30.10.2017

14:00 – 18:00      Gender Workshop Session 1 (University Campus 2.4, 1090 Vienna)

Di, 31.10.2017

09:00 – 12:00      Gender Workshop Session 2 (University Campus 2.4, 1090 Vienna)


Venue: WKO (Austrian Federal Economic Chamber), Rudolf-Sallinger-Saal, Wiedner Hauptstraße 63, 1040 Vienna

12:30 – 13:30        Registration

13:30 – 13:50        Opening and Welcome Addresses

13:50 – 14:00        Introduction: Rural Japan Revisited
Ralph LÜTZELER and Wolfram MANZENREITER (University of Vienna)

14:00 – 15:30       The Power of Regions: Strategies of Revitalisation and Sustainability (Panel 1)

Chair: Franz WALDENBERGER (German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo)

Daniel KREMERS (German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo)
Enablers and Barriers of Climate Mitigation Policies in Japan: Lessons from Two Local Communities

Susanne BRUCKSCH (German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo)
Strategies of Revitalisation: Regional Matching-Hubs for Manufacturing, Medical Device Companies and Hospitals for Enhancing Future Industries

FURUTANI Tomoyuki (Keiō University, Tokyo)
Technology in Mountain Farming: Utilising Drones to Strengthening Local Agricultural Business

Carolin FUNCK (Hiroshima University)
Has the Island Lure Reached Japan? Remote Islands between Tourism Boom, New Residents and Fatal Depopulation

15:30 – 16:30        Networking and Coffee Break

16:30 – 16:45       Internet of Trees

16:45 – 17:30        Panel Discussion: Innovation for Japanese Agriculture and Forestry – Opportunities and Potentials


Florian GLATT (Wodzynski e.U.)

Hanno JENTZSCH (German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo)

Martin NÖBAUER (Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna)

Reinhard WOLF (RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG)

18:00                    Departure to the Residence of the Japanese Ambassador (from tram station “Mayerhofgasse”)

19:30 – 21:30       Reception by the Japanese Ambassador in Austria (Residence of the Japanese Ambassador, 1190 Vienna)

Mi, 01.11.2017

Venue: University Campus Court 2, Hörsaalzentrum, Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Vienna

08:30 – 09:30      Regional Policy Approaches (Re)considered (Panel 2)

Chair: Wolfram MANZENREITER (University of Vienna)

Volker ELIS (University of Cologne)
Rural Shrinking in Japan and Germany: Similarities, Dissimilarities and Lessons to Learn

UENO Shinya (Kumamoto University)
System Dynamics Analysis on Rural Areas Policy

09:30 – 10:00       Coffee Break

10:00 – 11:30        Rural Communities Readjusting (Panel 3)

Chair: Ingrid GETREUER-KARGL (University of Vienna)

Johannes Harumi WILHELM (Keiō University, Tokyo)
Shrinking Communities and the Question of the Commons

ŌSUGA Toshiki (Japanese Institute of Irrigation and Drainage, Tokyo)
Rural Social Capital Research Studies on Land Improvement Projects

William W. KELLY (Yale University, New Haven)
Akiya in Regional Japan: The Complex Social Relations of Empty Houses

11:30 – 13:00        Lunch Break

13:00 – 14:30       Against the Current: Migration to Rural Areas (Panel 4)

Chair: Ralph LÜTZELER (University of Vienna)

ISHIKAWA Yoshitaka (Kyōto University)
Peripheral Areas in Contemporary Japan and Migration to Them

Ludgera LEWERICH (Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf)
I-Turn Migration as a Means to Rural Revitalization? The Case of Ama

John W. TRAPHAGAN (University of Texas in Austin)
Entrepreneurs and the Pursuit of Existential Meaning in Rural Japan

14:30 – 15:30       Coffee Break & Poster Presentation

15:30 – 18:00       Section Meetings / Fachgruppensitzungen (University Campus, Court 2)

19:00 – 21:00       Reception by the Mayor of the City of Vienna (City Hall, Lichtenfelsgasse 2, 1010 Vienna) including Presentation of the VSJF-Award 2017

Do, 02.11.2017

Venue: University Campus Court 2, Hörsaalzentrum, Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Vienna

08:30 – 09:45       Early Morning Screening: 65+ Being Old in Rural Japan (Documentary, A 2014, 35 min., jp. with English subtitles) and Discussion with Co-Producer Isabelle PROCHASKA (University of Vienna), University Campus 2.4, Seminar Room 1

                              Parallel event: VSJF General Meeting (Mitgliederversammlung)

09:45 – 10:00       Coffee Break

10:00 – 11:30        Institutional Change in Japan’s Peripheries: Rural Areas between Decentralization, Deregulation, and Dependency (Panel 5)

Chair: Sonja GANSEFORTH (German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo)

Hanno JENTZSCH (German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo)
Process or Perish? Family Farms, Agricultural Cooperatives, and the “6th Industry”

IBA Haruhiko / SAKAMOTO Kiyohiko (Kyōto University)
Who Governs Community Farming for Agricultural Efficiency and Residential Welfare? A Critical Application of Governance Theory

John KNIGHT (Queen’s University, Belfast)
Picking Persimmons before the Monkey Does: Volunteer Tourism and Crop Protection in Rural Japan

11:30 – 12:00        Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:30       Social Relations and Well-being in Rural Japan (Panel 6)

Chair: Barbara HOLTHUS (University of Vienna)

Tolga ÖSZEN (Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey)
The Family, New Actors, and Social Relations in Contemporary Rural Japan

AKITSU Motoki / OTSUKI Kei (Kyōto University)
The Precarious Balance between Old Residents and New Settlers in Japan’s Rural Community: Inclusion or Novel Development?

Paul HANSEN (Hokkaidō University, Sapporo)
Kyoko’s Assemblage: Escaping ‘futsū no nihonjin’ in Hokkaidō

13:30 – 14:00       Concluding Discussion and Closing Remarks

Fr, 03.11.2017

10:00 – 14:30       Theory Breakfast (in German, Studierraum Japanologie)