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Quality of Life and Working Life in Comparison


György Széll and Ute Széll

The topic on the quality of life and working life in a comparative perspective between Japan and Germany is of high relevance for the sustainability of our societies. The interdisciplinary approaches from the diverse fields of social sciences, i.e. sociology, psychology, economics, political science, architecture and environmental studies cover the diverse issue as well from a theoretical, empirical and historical perspective. The volume assembles the 26 best contributions to the 10 th meeting of the German-Japanese Society for Social Sciences, which took place in August 2008 in Osnabrück.
Contents: György Széll/Ute Széll: Preface – György Széll: Quality of Life and Working Life in Comparison – Peter Hennicke: Increasing Resource Productivity: A Win-Win Strategy to Protect Resources, Climate and Jobs? – Carmen Schmidt: The Changing Institutional Framework for Local Democracy in Japan – Takashi Namba: Problems with the Municipal Mergers in the Kiso (Nagano) Area – Eiichi Kido: Militarization in Japan and Germany – Yasuko Ishikawa: The Global Conference on Article 9 to Abolish War in Japan – Tetsuji Senoo: Willy Brandt’s Ostpolitik and the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) – Carola Hommerich: What is Important in a Job? Work Values amongst Entrants to the Labour Market in Germany and Japan since the 1980s – Carolina Paulsen: Institutional and Cultural Influences on Employment Behaviour of Elderly People in Germany and Japan – Yoshinori Nishijima: Concepts of Labour-Related Words in German and Japanese: Comparing Lexical Semantics – Detlev Ehrig/Uwe Staroske: Are Services a Remedy for Labour Market Problems? Empirical Trends of the Service Sectors in Germany and Japan – Raimund Bleischwitz/Bettina Bahn-Walkowiak: Japan and Europe at the Resource-Efficiency Frontier – Takanori Hayashi: The Role of Carbon-contained Materials in a Sustainable Society – Shuji Yamada: Challenges for a Sustainable Society on the Municipal Level – Thomas Hackenfort: Beyond Ethnocentric Beliefs: Distinctions and Similarities between Japanese and German Concepts of Architectural Quality – Mototaka Mori: Imagining and Imagineering Tokyo: Asking with and to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2016 – Yuichiro Minami: Comparison of the Agents in the City Formation in East and West: A Supplement to Max Weber’s Typology of Cities – Helmut Gross: Revisited: Toynbee on China and Japan versus the West (1600-1995) – Helmut Loiskandl: ‘Quality of Life’ and Christianity in Japan: Notes on some Aspects of Cultural Globalization – Paul G. Schmitz: Concepts of Love and Life Satisfaction: Comparing Students from Japan and Germany – David Georgi: Quality of Life and Family Planning – Stefan Hochstadt: ‘Peripheralisation’, ‘Dualisation’ and ‘Demographisation’ as Evidence of a Paradigm Shift – Dennis Köhler: Artificially Enlightened Urban Spaces at Night: A Matter of Special Importance for Liveable Cities – Naoko Eizawa: Creative Challenges against Depopulation: Basic Requirements for Sustainability in a Community where its Existence is Threatened – David Chiavacci: Immigration and ‘Gap Society’ in Japan: Are Foreign Workers a New Underclass? – Gisela Trommsdorff: Indicators for Quality of Life and Working Life in Germany and Japan: A Culture-psychological Perspective – Hans-Joachim Kornadt: Quality of Life and Happiness: Transculturally Comparable?