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A Research Project by Graduate Students

Research Project Proposal (Fiscal Year 2008)

◇Theme: Research on the Issues Related to "Aging"
◇Organizer: NAKAGUCHI Michiko (Graduate Student, Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, Ritsumeikan University)
◇Members (position as of the school year 2008) and Research Focus in the Project:
- NAKAGUCHI Michiko: "Aging" considered from viewpoints of medical science, nursing studies, social welfare studies, and sociology
- ARIYOSHI Reiko (Graduate Student, Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, Ritsumeikan University): Study on the health care system in Japan related to "aging"
- YANO Ryo (Graduate Student, Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, Ritsumeikan University), Sociological reflection on the relation between issues of discrimination and minority and those of "aging"
- KITAMURA Kentaro (Post Doctoral Fellow, Global COE Program Ars Vivendi, Ritsumeikan University), Enrichment of the database on "aging" and reflection on the social security policy in Japan
- NOZAKI Yasunobu (Post Doctoral Fellow, Global COE Program Ars Vivendi, Ritsumeikan University), Analysis of "aging" from an ethical point of view
- HOTTA Yoshitaro (Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), Reflection on the nursing system for the elderly: based on a normative perspective

I.Aims of the Study Group and Expected Contribution to the Global COE Program Ars Vivendi

(1) Topics, Objectives and Impacts
The study group will focus on a series of issues related to "aging" - the issues felt by those who have experienced or will experience their process of it, which is a part of their own natural life course. The issues are of society, medicine, healthcare, welfare, social network, or any of the two or more at a time while they are also of existence, risk, or wellness. The group has made discourse analysis on the issues around "the bedridden elderly (netakiri rojin)," focusing on practices of their rehabilitation, development of the discourse related to the discovery of "the bedridden" status, problems of weighting and redistribution in the social system, and issues related to the national healthcare system. The research will not only problematize an "ideal" way of aging but deal with various issues in the contemporary society, situating "aging" as a starting point of reflection. The study group will open up possiblities to intervene a variety of issues related to "aging."

(2) Contribution to the Program
The study group will contribute to Program objectives, especially to "Archive and Research" through the different research activities by graduated students, post doctoral fellows, and the JSPS research fellow. The members will also explore, in a collective manner, what is happening around "aging" both implicitly and explicitly, and the discorse costructed around it, then study related issues that exist in the society, medicine, welfare system, or ethics. This approach will lead to collection and stockage of extensive information and further discussion on "aging" issues.

II. Research Planning, Methodology, and Publication

(1) Planning
We will hold several group meetings in a fiscal year. Besides, the members will regularly exchange and share, by emails and construction of a database, their views and acquired data from their respective research fields.

(2) Methodology
Communication througn a listserv will enable each member to actively partcipate in important parts of research activities such as sharing, analysing and discussing information or data and current development of each member's research. These activities will also be electronically shared with other graduate students and people not affiliated to Ritsumeikan University. The achievemnts will be put into the database timely and correctly.

(3) Publication of Achievements
The group will publish their research achievements mainly through emails and as archive date in the database of "aging". The study group will also enrich contents of oral presentations delivered at the annual meeting of Japan Welfare Sociology Association in June, 2009 in order for the members to contribute to an academic journal.

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Itinerary of the Study Group


◇15th meeting (2nd during the school year of 2010)
Date: August 28, 2010
Time:11:00-17:00

Section 1: Policy and history directly related to aging issues
- TAJIMA Akiko
- KAGAMI Katsuhiro
- SHIBUYA Terumi
- MAKI Masako

Section 2: Policy and history of the issues around the theme of aging
- ARIYOSHI Reiko
- NAKAGUCHI Michiko
- YANO Ryo
- HOTTA Yoshitaro
- NOZAKI Yasunobu
- KITAMURA Kentaro

◇14th meeting (1st during the school year of 2010)
Date: May 22, 2010
Time:11:00-17:00

Section 1: Policy and history directly related to aging issues
- TAJIMA Akiko
- KAGAMI Katsuhiro
- SHIBUYA Terumi
- MAKI Masako
- ARAKI Tanetsugu

Section 2: Policy and history of the issues around the theme of aging
- ARIYOSHI Reiko
- NAKAGUCHI Michiko
- YANO Ryo
- HOTTA Yoshitaro
- NOZAKI Yasunobu
- KITAMURA Kentaro

◇Public seminar: 'Interview with Dr. ISHI Hideki: Itinerary, positiionarity, and ideal future of the society

Date: March 25, 2010
Time: 16:30-19:00
Discussants:
- ISHII Eiki (Sekishinkai Medical Cooperation)
- AMADA Josuke (Ritsumeikan University)
- ICHIDA Yoshihiko (Kobe University)
- TATEIWA Shin'ya (Ritsumeikan University)
Profiles of the guests:
- ISHII Eiki: Physian. President of Sekishinkai Medical Cooperation. Dr, ISHII has played an important role in organizing private hospital owners and been actively involved and influential in a series of debates on the national health care reform for decades.
- ICHIDA Yoshihiko: Philosopher. Professor at the Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Kobe University. Author of Ranciere: New 'Philosophy of Music (2007) and others. He is the editor of the coming book based on a series of interviews with Dr. ISHII.
Organizers:
- Global COE Program "Ars Vivendi" of Ritsumeikan University
- Research Center for Ars Vivendi, Ritsumeikan University
- Reserach Project "Politics of representation and memory around 'aging" and 'aging society' in post-WWII Japan' (Leader: AMADA Josuke), funded by Scientifc Research Fund of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology:
- Study Group on Aging

◇Public seminar: 'Transformation of the social system and institutions around aging issues: itinerary and fundamental questions'
Date: March 25. 2010
Time: 12:00-16:30

Activities:
- Presentations of the draft papers for the future book on "aging" (10 minute presentation & 50 minute discussion).
* TAJIMA Akiko, 'Discourse around the "bed-ribben" eldely and rehabilitation after the 1960s'
* ARIYOSHI Reiko, 'Transformation of the geriatic healthcare policy after the 1990s'
* KAGAMI Katsuhiro, 'Introduction of the nursing care insurance sytem and its transformation since the 1990s'
* NAKAGUCHI Michiko, 'Transformation of the geriatic healthcare policy since the 1990s: transition to at-home care'
* SHIBUYA Terumi, 'Transformation of the home helper system after WWII: Birth and transformation of the at-home healthcare work'
* YANO Ryo, 'The place of aging issues in "dowa" policy in Osaka: outcome of the social policy'
* ARAKI Shigetsugu, 'Transformation of caring practices for the elderly with dementia since the 1990s'
* MAKI Masako, 'Articulation of the taxation reform and geriatic healthcare reform since the 1990s'
Commentator: Prof. AMADA Josuke at Ritsumeikan University
Commentator (invited): Dr. ISHII Eiki (President of "Sekishinkai" Healthcare Cooperation)

The Seventh annual conference of Japan Welfare Sociology Association (Japanese)

Date: June 6 & 7, 2009
Place: Nihon Fukushi University

◇10th meeting (Project Led by Graduate Students at Ars Vivendi)
Date: May 29, 2009
Time: 12:30-16:00
Activities:
- Report on and discussion of draft presentations:
* TAJIMA Akiko, 'Rehabilitation with/of "the bedridden elderly": focusing on the developments after 1990'
* ARIYOSHI Reiko, 'Geriatic medicine and dialysis treatment from the 1970s to the 1990s'
* NAKAGUCHI Michiko, 'Transformation of the geriatic healthcare policy after the 1990s: from "reduction of the duration of hospitalization" to "earlier hospital discharge"
* MAKI Masako, 'The impact of the abolition of taxing deduction for the elderly on the disposable income: developments of the taxation reform related to the elderly in the 2000s'

◇9th meeting (Project Led by Graduate Students at Ars Vivendi)
Date: April 17, 2009
Time; 12:30-16:00
Activities:
- Report on and discussion of draft presentations:
* TAJIMA Akiko, 'Rehabilitation with/of "the bedridden elderly": focusing on the developments after 1990'
* ARIYOSHI Reiko, 'Geriatic medicine and dialysis treatment from the 1970s to the 1990s'
* NAKAGUCHI Michiko, 'Transformation of the geriatic healthcare policy after the 1990s: from "reduction of the duration of hospitalization" to "earlier hospital discharge"'
* MAKI Masako, 'The impact of the abolition of taxing deduction for the elderly on the disposable income: developments of the taxation reform related to the elderly in the 2000s'

◇8th meeting (Project Led by Graduate Students at Ars Vivendi) (Lecture)
Date: March 20, 2009
Time: 13:00-18:00
Activities:
- Review of the presentation drafts for the Seventh Annual Conference of Japan Welfare Sociology Association

◇7th meeting (Project Led by Graduate Students at Ars Vivendi) (Lecture)
Date: March 18, 2009
Time: 18:00-21:00
Guest Lecture: MIYAJI Hiroshi, 'Before and after the introduction of nursing care insurance system: its ideals and practices' (tentative)

◇6th meeting (Project Led by Graduate Students at Ars Vivendi)
Date: February 15, 2009
Time: 18:00-21:00
Activities:
- Report and discussion: TAJIMA Akiko, 'Analysis of elements of the rehabilitation theory that focuses the ocuupational therapy: discussion about the support for the elderly with dementia'

◇5th meeting (Project Led by Graduate Students at Ars Vivendi)
Date: December 20, 2008
Time: 13:00-17:00
Activities:
1)Discussion on the future research subjects
2)Report and discussion: MAKI Masako, 'Review on the LDP's Taxation Reform Program of Fiscal Year 2004: Threads to Reconsider the Policy for the Elderly'
3)Discussion

◇4th meeting
Date: March 29, 2008
Time: 11:00-19:30
Participants: AMADA, ARIYOSHI, TAJIMA, NAKAGUCHI, NOZAKI, HOTTA, YANO
Activities:
- Report of and discussion on the presentation drafts at the annual conference of Japan Welfare Sociology Association in June.
* TAJIMA team: Analysis on discourse during the 1990s on the "bedridden" elderly and rehabilitation.
* NAKAGUCHI team: Analysis on discourse from the 1990s to the 2000s on the "bedridden" elderly and "good" or "bad" ways of dying
* ARIYOSHI team: Analysis on discourse from the 1990s to the 2000s on the "bedridden" elderly and that generated by medical economics
* NOZAKI: About ethics and political economy around "different bodies"
* YANO: yet specified

◇3rd meeting
Date: December 2, 2007
Time: 12:00-17:00
Participants: AMADA, TAJIMA, CHIN, NAKAGUCHI, NOZAKI, HOTTA
Activities:
- Review on the presentation by TAJIMA at The Sixth Annual Convention of Japan Society of Disability Studies
- Discussion on the next move of the study group (keyword: recognition, accomodationism, consensus, etc) and enrichment of the database.
- Decision to participate at the next annual conference of Japan Welfare Sociology Association in June.

The Sixth Annual Convention of Japan Society of Disability Studies
Date: September 16-17, 2007

◇The Team meeting
Date: August 25, 2007
Time: 11:00-16:00
Participants: AMADA, ARIYOSHI, ITO, KITAMURA, SAKASHITA, TAJIMA, NAKAGUCHI, NOZAKI, HOTTA
Activities:
- Finalizing the presentation scripts given at The Sixth Annual Convention of Japan Society of Disability Studies

◇2nd meeting
Date: June 30, 2007
Time: 11:00-14:00
Participants: AMADA, ARIYOSHI, ITO, KITAMURA, SAKASHITA, TAJIMA, NAKAGUCHI, NOZAKI, HOTTA
Activities:
- Discussion for the coming presentations at The Sixth Annual Convention of Japan Society of Disability Studies. The member were divided in two groups: SAKASHITA, TAJIMA, ITO, (NOZAKI) will report on developments in the 1970s (and 1980s) while NAKAGUCHI, HOTTA, (NOZAKI) after the 1990s. NOZAKI was appointed as webweaver. Research development of the groups would be shared through the listserv.

◇1st meeting
Date: May 5, 2007
Time: 14:00-17:00
Participants: ITO, KITAMURA, TAJIMA, NAKAGUCHI, KAN, HOTTA, NOZAKI
Activities:
- Brainstorming.
- Members will submit an article to Core Ethics, a bulletin published by Graudate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences of Ritsumeikan University in September. By July they will research the related materials assigned to them and report about "the bedridden elderly," focusing on 1) its supposed condition, 2) its context, and 3) what has been said about it. Things to be discussed: the beginning and end of this term - context, relation to the government social welfare policy for the elderly.
- Other points were raised: family as nursing resource, different positionings or interests of the parties concerned and their families, care managers, service providers about certification of need in the nursing care insurance system, place of nursing (home or facility), difficulty in understanding the need of the elderly with dementia and in defining their "abuse," and so on. The members will also cover these points and share knowledge each other in their presentation in July.

◇Preliminary meeting Date: April 4, 2007
Activities: - Setting up a listserv - Suggestion of a reading list by Prof. AMADA

Study Group on the care of the elderly with dementia

◇The 6th annual conference of Japan Welfare Sociology Association
Date: June 7 & 8, 2008
Place: Sophia University

◇3rd meeting
Date: March 15, 2008
Time: 13:00-16:00
Place: Hitomachi Koryukan (Kyoto)
Participants: AMADA, NAKAGUCHI
Activity: Public lecture by Prof. WASHIDA Kiyokazu and discussion among the participants

◇2nd meeting
Date: October 20, 2007
Time: 14:00-18:00
Place: "Momoyama" (Welfare facility for the elderly)
Participants: AMADA, NAKAGUCHI
Activity: report by AMADA

◇1st meeting
Date: June 16, 2007
Time: 14:00-18:00
Place: "Momoyama" (Welfare facility for the elderly)
Participants: AMADA, NAKAGUCHI
Activity: reports by users and workers

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Achievements

Conference Presentation

2009
- TAJIMA Akiko, KAGAMI Katsuhiro, KITAMURA Kentaro 2009/06/06 'Rehabilitation and/of bedridden elderly: Especially after the 1990s'
The Seventh Annual Conferrence of Japan Welfare Sociology Association, Nihon Fukushi University File (Power Point)(ppt)
- ARIYOSHI Reiko, NAKAGUCHI Michiko, NOZAKI Yasunobu 2009/06/06 Summary: "Geriatic medicine and dialysis treatment from the 1970s to the 1990s'
The Seventh annual conferrence of Japan Welfare Sociology Association, Nihon Fukushi University File: (MS Word)
- NAKAGUCHI Michiko, ARIYOSHI Reiko, NOZAKI Yasunobu 2009/06/06 Summary: 'Transformation of the geriatic healthcare policy after the 1990s: from "reduction of the duration of hospitalization" to "earlier hospital discharge"'
The Seventh annual conferrence of Japan Welfare Sociology Association, Nihon Fukushi University: File: (MS Word) (Power Point)
- MAKI Masako, KITAMURA Kentaro, NOZAKI Yasunobu 2009/06/06 'The impact of the abolition of taxing deduction for the elderly on the disposable income: developments of the taxation reform related to the elderly in the 2000s'
The Seventh annual conferrence of Japan Welfare Sociology Association, Nihon Fukushi University: File (MS Word)

◇Theme Session: 'Policy and history directly related to aging issues: its transformation'
- Coordinator: AMADA Josuke, Ritsumeikan University
- TAJIMA Akiko 2009/01/31 'Rehabilitation of / with the "bedridden elderly": focus on the developments since the 1990s'
The 79th meeting of SPSN(Social Polcy Studies Network) at Hosei University
cf. Comments from IGUCHI Takashi (Shinshu University)

2008
- ARIYOSHI Reiko, KITAMURA Kentaro, HOTTA Yoshitaro 2008/06/08 "Joint of Statements of "Bedfast Old People" with Policies that Curb Growth in Medical Spending from 1990s through 2000s", The Sixth Annual Conference of Japan Welfare Sociology Association, Sophia University
- NAKAGUCHI Michiko, KITAMURA Kentaro, HOTTA Yoshitaro 2008/06/08 "Statements of "Bedfast Old People" and Systems from 1990s through 2000s: Issues over Death"
, The Sixth Annual Conference of Japan Welfare Sociology Association, Sophia University
- TAJIMA Akiko, SAKSHITA Masayuki, ITO Miwako, NOZAKI Yasunobu 2008/06/08 "Statements of "Bedfast Old People" in Magazines on Rehabilitation in 1980s", The Sixth Annual Conference of Japan Welfare Sociology Association, Sophia University
- YANO Ryo 2008/06/08 "Life Change of the Elderly after the End of Antidiscrimination Measures and its Difficulties: The Case of Sumiyoshi Ward in Osaka City", The Sixth Annual Conference of Japan Welfare Sociology Association, Sophia University
- NOZAKI Yasunobu 2008/06/07 "On Ethics/Politics and Economics over Different Bodies", The Sixth Annual Conference of Japan Welfare Sociology Association, Sophia University

2007
- SAKASHITA Masayuki, ITO Michiko, NOZAKI Yasunobu & TAJIMA Akiko 2007/09/16-17 'Statements of "Bedfast Old People" and Systems in Rehabilitation Magazines in 1970s' The Fourth Annual Convention of Japan Society of Disability Studies, Ritsumeikan University
- NAKAGUCHI Michiko, ARIYOSHI Reiko, and HOTTA Yoshitaro 2007/09/16-17 "Various Systems and Statements over "Bedfast Old People" in 1990s" The Fourth Annual Convention of Japan Society of Disability Studies, Ritsumeikan University

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Related matters and people

- Dementia (Japanese)
- "The bedridden elderly" (Japanese)
- Chronology: History of Medicical and Welfare System in Japan (Japanese) (Japanese)

Members

◇As of March 31, 2008: ABE, AMADA, ARIYOSHI, ITO, OTANI (Izumi), KITAMURA, SAKASHITA, TAJIMA, TATEIWA, CHIN, NAKAGUCHI, NISHIDA, NOZAKI, HASEGAWA, KAN, HOTTA, YANO
◇As of June 19, 2008:ABE, AMADA, ARIYOSHI, ITO, OTANI (Izumi), KAKUMU, KITAMURA, SAKASHITA, SATO, TAJIMA, TATEIWA, CHIN, NAKAGUCHI, NAKATA, NISHIDA, NOZAKI, HASEGAWA, KAN, HOTTA, MAKI, YANO

Archive on "the bedridden elderly"
http://www5.ocn.ne.jp/~tjmkk/netakirirouzinhan.htm


Translated by HAKODA Tetsu
UP: July 6, 2010
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