Democracy and Human Rights Program
The World in 2035 [In Japanese]
DateFebruary 13, 2023
BibliographyThe World in 2035
AuthorMaiko ICHIHARA (co-author)
Summary On February 13, 2023, “The World in 2035” (Asahi Shimbun Publications), co-authored by Dr. Maiko Ichihara, GGR researcher a­nd professor of the Graduate School of Law at Hitotsubashi University, was published. It was co-authored by experts from various fields, including the French demographer a­nd historian Emmanuel Todd, as well as the German philosopher Markus Gabriel. The book deals with the world in 2035, 12 years from now. While the worldwide population is expected to grow, countries with large populations such as China a­nd Japan are predicted to become societies with a predominantly elderly population. Regarding the economy, China’s gross domestic product (GDP) is going to overtake that of the U.S., making it the largest economy in the world, while Japan is going to be overtaken by India a­nd Indonesia to become the world’s fifth-largest economy. Furthermore, it has been noted that artificial intelligence (AI) is going to be further developed a­nd utilized in various aspects of society. Amid such predictions, unpredictable events such as the coronavirus pandemic a­nd Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have occurred, a­nd today’s world is filled with unprecedented uncertainty. In “The World in 2035”, experts a­nd distinguished figures in various fields, including Professor Ichihara, present their own thoughts a­nd predictions of the world ahead.