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Quality of Life in Asia

Quality of Life in Japan

Contemporary Perspectives on Happiness

Editors: Tsai, Ming-Chang, Iwai, Noriko (Eds.)

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  • First book to analyse the patterns and causes of happiness among the Japanese people
  • Based on new empirical investigations into how Japanese perceive their living conditions and reported levels of well-being
  • Adopts econometric techniques to provide novel evidence for new arguments on quality of life and well-being
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This edited volume approaches the life experiences and well-being of Japanese people from an empirical perspective. It explores the current trend of happiness among Japanese over time and examines the association of income, lifestyle, and perceived life conditions using modern econometric models with supplementary qualitative observations. Issues relating to ageing, gender, household division of labour, and emigration are also examined to provide a wide scope of results based on both survey and field methods for culturally sensitive researchers. Going beyond the conventional cultural interpretation of the uniqueness of the Japanese case, this book provides timely, empirical evidence for understanding how the various social groups comprising the Japanese population have enjoyed a better quality of life, while some groups are very dissatisfied with social arrangements and have elected to emigrate. The book is a pioneering endeavour to reveal the detailed structure of quality of life and well-being in Japanese society.

About the authors

Ming-Chang Tsai is a Research Fellow in Academia Sinica, Taiwan. Working from a comparative sociological approach to life quality research, he concentrates on Asian populations to understand the influences of culture and social structures in how people in this region live happily or unhappily. He receives the Research Fellow Award from the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies.
Noriko Iwai is Director of Japanese General Social Surveys (JGSS) Research Center and Professor of Faculty of Business Administration, Osaka University of Commerce, Japan. Leading the JGSS's Project and East Asian Social Survey Project in past decades, she has been elucidating both the changing and persistent aspects in Japanese people’s social values and behaviours. Besides family studies, the scope of her research has extended to the impact of natural disasters on people’s quality of life.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • An Introduction to Quality of Life in Japan: Contemporary Approaches

    Pages 3-14

    Tsai, Ming-Chang (et al.)

  • Happiness in Japan: A Hierarchical Age-Period-Cohort Analysis Based on JGSS Cumulative Data 2000–2015

    Pages 15-45

    Shishido, Kuniaki (et al.)

  • Happiness in Contemporary Japan: Study of Lifestyle and Values Using the Relative Income Hypothesis

    Pages 49-76

    Harada, Hiroo (et al.)

  • Income, Intra-household Bargaining Power and the Happiness of Japanese Married Women

    Pages 77-106

    Ma, Xinxin (et al.)

  • Time Poverty and Maternal Wellbeing in Japan

    Pages 107-130

    Ma, Xinxin

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-8910-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-981-13-8909-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quality of Life in Japan
Book Subtitle
Contemporary Perspectives on Happiness
Editors
  • Ming-Chang Tsai
  • Noriko Iwai
Series Title
Quality of Life in Asia
Series Volume
13
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-8910-8
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-8910-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-8909-2
Series ISSN
2211-0550
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 217
Number of Illustrations
22 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
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