Maison Franco-japonaise: 日仏会館 Bureau français  Institut français de recherche sur le Japon  (UMIFRE 19, MAEE-CNRS)

言語:JA / FR

日仏会館フランス事務所 / イベント・カレンダー


Lunch Seminar on Japanese Economy and Society

Disruption of Dietary Habits in the Elderly Analysis of a Japanese food desert

使用言語:英語 (通訳なし)
日時: 2018年02月15日(木) 12:30 – 14:00
場所: 601号室
講演者: IWAMA Nobuyuki (Ibaraki Christian University)

In this presentation I analyse the factors disrupting the healthy eating habits of the elderly in a Japanese suburban city centre. Food desert (FD) issues are closely linked to social exclusion and have complex causes that differ by country. East Asian countries, in particular Japan, have serious problems with aging populations, which strongly suggests that other barriers are likely to inhibit healthy eating for the elderly in Japan and give rise to FD issues. In the area studied, 49% of the elderly residents, many of whom were concentrated in the city centre, were estimated to have poor nutrition. Our multilevel analysis indicated that weak ties with family and the local community heavily impacted a large proportion of these nutritionally depleted elderly residents. Previously the issue of food deserts was considered to be a problem that mainly affected areas where small neighbourhood shopping areas had closed, thereby making shopping physically difficult for people without private cars. However, our study shows that reduced intimacy in people’s relationships also increases the risk of food deserts forming.

Iwama Nobuyuki is a professor of cross-cultural studies at Ibaraki Christian University. He is highly interested in the social problem of aging societies and has published several books and articles, including Food Desert Issues in Urban Areas (Association of Agriculture and Forestry Statistics, 2017), Japanese Food Deserts Issues (Association of Agriculture and Forestry Statistics, 2011), and “Analysis of the Factors That Disrupt Dietary Habits in the Elderly” ( He has served on the Verification and Investigation Committee on Disadvantaged Shopper Issues at the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Moderator: Sophie BUHNIK (UMIFRE 19 – MFJ)
Organization: Bureau français de la MFJ
Co-organization: CCI France Japon

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