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  • Locations: Hiroshima-shi, Japan; Kobe, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Hotel
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate, Non-Degree Seeking
Type of Program: Faculty-led Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
Policies and Services for the

The Rise of the Super-Aged Society in Japan

This program runs every other year in odd years (next offering January 2019). If you are interested in this program save it to your profile.

This course is designed to introduce and examine policies and services that have been implemented in Japan in response to issues and challenges surrounding its rapidly aging population. In 2014, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Japan was 26%, which is the highest proportion of older adults in the world. While Japan is experiencing a rapid increase in the number and percentage of older people, its total population has begun to decline due to falling birth rates. A rising dependency ratio is one of the major concerns. This course explores the strengths and limitations of strategies that Japan has incorporated and offers an opportunity to seek implications for other aging countries, including the United States. 

Program Details

Credits Offered:

Undergraduate:
  • Social Work (SOCW) 475: Selected Topics in Social Work Policy
  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 399: Study Abroad
  • Health Administration and Policy (HAP) 494: Special Topics in Health Administration and Policy
Graduate:
  • Social Work (SOCW) 676: Selected Topics in Social Work and Social Change

Eligibility & Prerequisites

This program is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. 
Application Checklist

Housing

Double or triple occupancy in hotels

Program Cost (Winter 2017): $3690

Included:
  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Cultural tours and excursions
  • Some meals (breakfast daily and additional meals as outlined below)
  • In-country transportation
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Most meals
  • Personal spending
  • Costs associated with any activities listed as optional below

Itinerary*

Day 1 Arrive in Tokyo. Group welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 2 Morning lecture on the overview of health and the long-term care system in Japan. Evening free (optional activity: visit Asakusa with instructor).
Day 3 Morning visit to the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Tokyo to learn about the aging-in-place project in Kashiwa city where the community is geared toward older adults. In the afternoon, visit the Institute for Health Economics and Policy to learn about the long-term care insurance/system and social security.
Day 4 Morning visit to the National Hospital Organization to learn about the medical care insurance/system. Afternoon free.
Day 5 Morning visit to long-term care facilities and afternoon free.
Day 6 Depart Tokyo for Kobe.
Day 7 Visit the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Museum to meet older volunteers.
Day 8 Visit a company famous for work-sharing and actively hiring older workers. In the afternoon, see Himeji Castle.
Day 9 Visit the Osaka College for Older Adults.
Day 10 Visit Kwansei Gakuin University and attend a guest lecture. Give a presentation to students in the School of Human Welfare Studies and then have a dinner with local students.
Day 11 Depart Kobe for Hiroshima.
Day 12 Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and meet with older volunteers. Lecture and discussion on aging atomic bomb survivors and services for them.
Day 13 Miyajima excursion.
Day 14 Lecture on the challenges in implementing the Japanese Long-Term Care Insurance.
Day 15 Depart Hiroshima for Tokyo. Farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 16 Students return to U.S.
 *Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed. 

Contact Information

Program Officer

Denise Elles-Mdahuar
dellesmd@gmu.edu
703-993-2155

Academic Director

Megumi Inoue
minoue2@gmu.edu

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.