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Population Studies of Japan

Work and Family in Japanese Society

Authors: Tsutsui, Junya

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  • Situates the low birthrate phenomenon in Japan in the broader context of working conditions and family formation
  • Captures the characteristics of Japanese society from the comparative perspective of welfare regime theory and links this argument with the low-fertility problem
  • Approaches the current trend in family policies as re-familialization and discusses its consequences 
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This book provides a systematic framework for interpreting the fertility decline in Japan. It situates the change in fertility rates in a broader context, such as family life and working customs. The basic argument it puts forward is that Japan has failed to establish a “dual-earner” society: women still face the trade-off between having a career or starting a family, which has led to an extremely low fertility rate in Japanese society.

Further to this rather common explanation, which could also be applied to other low-fertility societies such as Germany and Italy, the author presents an original view. Japan has had its own momentum in holding on to its strong “men as breadwinners and women as housekeepers” model by creating a unique regime, namely, a Japanese model of a welfare society. This regime places special emphasis on the welfare provided by private companies and family members instead of by the government. Private firms are expected to secure men’s jobs and income to the greatest extent, taking advantage of Japanese employment customs. On the other hand, women are expected to provide care for their family members. The book argues that the familialist orientation is still dominant in Japan and is repeatedly reinforced in the policy context. 

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Junya Tsutsui, College of Social Sciences, Ritsumeikan University

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook 41,64 €
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-2496-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Softcover 51,99 €
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  • Due: February 7, 2020
  • ISBN 978-981-13-2495-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Work and Family in Japanese Society
Authors
Series Title
Population Studies of Japan
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-2496-3
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-2496-3
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-2495-6
Series ISSN
2198-2724
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 61
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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