This glossary is an up-to-date research tool for the study of population in English, Japanese and German. Based on the technical literature, encyclopedias, databases and existing glossaries in the three languages listed as well as other relevant languages in which demographic research is carried out, it comprises more than 7500 technical terms accessible in three directions: English-Japanese-German, Japanese-English-German and German-Japanese-English.
Scientific fields covered include social demography, population geography, political demography, economic demography, historical demography, medical demography, biodemography, mathematical demography, as well as some adjacent fields such as psychology, law, technology, religion, linguistics and education.
Matthias Koch, Ph.D. (1997), is Senior Researcher in Social and Economic History at the German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo. He has published widely in the area of Japanese Studies and is currently writing a book on the population history of Japan.
Claus Harmer is system administrator at the German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo. He has developed and programmed several databanks and virtual exhibitions containing social scientific research data.
Florian Coulmas, Ph.D. (1978), is Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo. He has compiled two dictionaries and published widely about Japanese society and culture. He is one of the editors of
The Demographic Challenge: A Handbook about Japan (forthcoming).
"...the glossary is an important research tool through the translations of such a rich array of terms into three languages. Persons working in the field of demography will come to appreciate the variety of concepts that can be associated with their discipline, while persons from other disciplines will have an easy reference to the accepted terms used in population studies."
Canadian Studies in Population, Vol. 37.3-4, Fall/Winter, pp. 611-612