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Addressing the Wealth Gap in the UK and Japan

This seminar will review the accepted positions and more recent controversial issues of widening gaps between the wealthy and the poor in the UK and Japan.

Internationally, Japan is often presented as one of most egalitarian of affluent societies, while Britain usually falls in the opposite camp, described as containing within its shores some of the greatest social inequalities when compared to other affluent nations. However, some people are concerned by the apparent widening gaps between the wealthy and the poor in both countries, growing since the late 1990s in Japan and the early 1980s in Britain. After a brief review of the accepted positions and more recent controversial issues, the speakers will shed light on geography – the maps - of wealth and poverty in these two countries, an often ignored dimension of the wealth/poverty distribution. They will highlight what they believe are important differences between, and similarities in, the societies of these two island nations.

Contributers: Professor Danny Dorling (University of Sheffield), Dr Tomoki Nakaya (Ritsumeikan University), and Mr James Bartholomew (Chair) (Institute of Economic Affairs).



Professor Danny Dorling | talks
Dr Tomoki Nakaya | talks
Mr James Bartholomew | talks


Date and Time:

19 June 2008 at 6:00 pm


2 hours



The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace
020 7486 4348

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