The Center for Demographic and Social Analysis presents
"Demographic, Social, and Economic Influences on Digital Inequality in Japan: A Spatial
and Multivariate Analysis"
with James B. Pick, Visiting Researcher, Winter Quarter 2013, Department of Sociology, UCI; School of Business, University of Redlands
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Social Science Plaza B, Room 4250
This study of digital inequalities within Japan utilizes data from the country’s
47 prefectures for spatial and multivariate analysis of distributions of technology
utilization and expenditure variables. It analyzes the spatial outliers and clusters
of prefectures for the country. The paper constructs a conceptual model based on 10
dependent factors and 12 independent ones. The relationship of the independent to
dependent factors is moderated by exploratory analysis of spatial patterns of technology
utilization. Wide geographical variation on utilization of digital technologies is
examined. Based on the multivariate model, an empirical analysis identifies correlates
of the nation’s digital divide, including Japan’s aged population, which has wide
generational gaps; patents registered by Japanese citizens;
newspaper circulation; students and pupils per capita, and household expenditures on education. Findings suggest modifications to the conceptual model. Comparisons and distinctions are made with China and the European Union nations. Implications for the Japan’s regional planning policies are considered.
This event is part of the Population, Society and Inequality Colloquium Series.
For further information, please contact Sandy Cushman, firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-824-3344.