Science for Governing Japan's Population

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Twenty-first-century Japan is known for the world's most aged population. Faced with this challenge, Japan has been a pioneer in using science to find ways of managing a declining birth rate. Science for Governing Japan's Population considers the question of why these population phenomena have been seen as problematic. What roles have population experts played in turning this demographic trend into a government concern? Aya Homei examines the medico-scientific fields around the notion of population that developed in Japan from the 1860s to the 1960s, analyzing the role of the population experts in the government's effort to manage its population. She argues that the formation of population sciences in modern Japan had a symbiotic relationship with the development of the neologism, 'population' (jinkō), and with the transformation of Japan into a modern sovereign power. Through this history, Homei unpacks assumptions about links between population, sovereignty, and science. This title is also available as Open Access.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages300
ISBN (Electronic)9781009186827
ISBN (Print)9781009186834
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2022

Publication series

NameScience in History
PublisherCambridge University Press


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