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In the Shadows of Gratitude: AGEING & CARE in Japanese Society - *Talk and Documentary Screening* new

In the Shadows of Gratitude: AGEING & CARE in Japanese Society - *Talk and Documentary Screening*   org

Date: Wednesday 5 June, 6:30pm – 9pm (Doors at 6pm)

Venue: Japan House London

The world is ageing. According to the World Health Organization, increased life expectancy and declining birth rates mean that between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 will have doubled. Nowhere is this trend easier to see than in Japan, where 1 in 10 people are over the age of 80 and almost 30% of the population is over the age of 65, according to a study published in 2023 by the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Who will provide care to the growing number of frail and cognitively impaired older people in this historically unprecedented reality?

Japan relies on a combination of informal, unpaid care (primarily family members, but also local community volunteer groups) and formal, paid care to address the increasing needs of its ageing population. Despite the introduction of a national Long-Term Care Insurance system in 2000, family involvement in daily care of older family members has not decreased. Family members play a vital role as primary carers for almost three-quarters of frail and dependent older people, but as dependency increases with age, it is not uncommon for family carers to leave their jobs or move in with the person they are caring for, leading to dangerous levels of stress and fatigue. Understanding and recognizing the value of unpaid care is essential for ensuring their support over the course of what is often a long, painful, but ultimately transformative journey.

Join us for a discussion on this issue, with Dr Jason Danely, Reader in Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University and Chair of the Healthy Ageing and Care Research Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Network.

This event will feature a documentary film screening of I Go Gaga: Welcome Home, Mom as part of the release of new titles to the JFF + Japanese Film Festival Online.

The event will involve a 10 minute introductory talk from Dr Danely, followed by the documentary screening. After the screening, Dr Danely will lead a 30 minute Q&A session to share his expertise and facilitate an audience discussion.

About the Film

I Go Gaga: Welcome Home, Mom is the sequel to director NOBUTOMO Naoko's 2018 hit documentary I Go Gaga, My Dear. It is a record of the director’s own mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in her mid-eighties and the director’s nonagenarian father who continues to take care of his wife. Since the first film, the mother’s dementia has progressed and upon having a stroke, she begins hospital life. The ageing father goes to visit the mother every day at the hospital and continues to shower his wife with love and hope. A gently observed story about a fate that could happen to any family living in an ageing society.

Watch the trailer here.

About the Speaker

Dr. Jason Danely is a Reader in Anthropology and Chair of the Healthy Ageing & Care Research Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Network at Oxford Brookes University. He is the author of over 20 publications, including his most recent book, Fragile Resonance: Caring for Older Family Members in Japan and England (2022). His research expertise relates to cultural understanding and experiences of ageing and care in

Japan, where he has at various times taught, studied, performed theatre, travelled, meditated and raised children, over the last twenty years.


This is a free event, however booking is essential.

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Keep an eye on this page for the title of the documentary, screened as part of this event!

For enquiries, please email

Date: 5 June 2024 from 6.30pm to 9.00pm

Japan House London

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