Asia Workshop: Aging Societies and Emerging problems All the countries in Asia are in the process of aging at an unprecedented pace, though the timing and pace of this transition varies across countries. While longevity is one important result of the socio-economic improvement and advancement in these countries, this has presented emerging challenges including bulging welfare budget, decreasing labor forces, insufficient healthcare, working opportunities for elderly, strains on children-parents relationship, assistance for elderly in disaster situations, etc,. The emerging issues have challenged these countries at both institutional and individual level. How countries’ institutions have responded to the situation and how elderly and other members in their society live and adapt to these changes are the key questions that the workshop is going to bring up for discussions during the semester. The workshop is to provide a framework of “life in transition” in order to examine how these changes take place and how local people live through the changes. Case studies provided by guest speakers will cover a wide range of issues including those in Japan and other countries in Asia.