Population Studies of Japan

Low Fertility in Advanced Asian Economies

Focusing on Families, Education, and Labor Markets

Editors: Matsuda, Shigeki (Ed.)

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  • Discusses the factors behind the low birthrate in Japan and other Asian countries
  • Highlights the unique relevance of the family, education, and employment systems in Asia
  • Addresses measures necessary to counter the declining birthrate in Asia
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This book focuses on the links between family, education, and employment systems in the Asian developed economies, proposing that these three systems and their interrelations are powerful factors causing the low fertility in Asia.

The phenomenon of low fertility has been widely observed in developed countries, and the birthrate in Asian countries is among the lowest in the world. Although these countries have implemented measures to counter the falling birthrate, the expected effect has not yet been achieved. Moreover, Asia has seen a rapid decrease in the number of marriages. To promote effective countermeasures, it is necessary to clarify the factors influencing the low birthrate and decline in the number of marriages.

Based on a statistical analysis of survey results mainly from Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, this book discusses several important points. First, because the family system is strong, cohabitation and children born to single mothers are not socially accepted. Further, mothers play a strong role in fulfilling expectations for children’s education. Second, the popularization of higher education and intense academic competition, which have been a driving force for rapid economic growth, have led to many parents opting to have fewer children, as the cost of education is high. Lastly, wage disparity is large and employment stability is a matter of concern. These factors increase competition within education and, in turn, make it difficult for the young generation to choose marriage. Within the employment environment, balancing work and family life is problematical, especially for women.

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Shigeki Matsuda, Chukyo University

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)
  • Progress of Low Fertility in Japan and Other Asian Countries: A Theoretical Framework

    Pages 1-20

    Matsuda, Shigeki

  • Employment and Marriage Among Young Adults: Features of Japan and Asia Compared with Europe

    Pages 21-39

    Matsuda, Shigeki

  • The Gender Wage Gap in Four Asian Countries: Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan

    Pages 41-59

    Takenoshita, Hirohisa

  • Cross-Country Comparative Study on Achievement of Desired Number of Children: With a Focus on the Impact of Child Education Expenses

    Pages 61-77

    Nishimura, Tomo

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eBook $44.99
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Softcover $59.99
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  • Due: February 15, 2020
  • ISBN 978-981-15-0709-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Low Fertility in Advanced Asian Economies
Book Subtitle
Focusing on Families, Education, and Labor Markets
Editors
  • Shigeki Matsuda
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
978-981-15-0710-6
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-0710-6
Softcover ISBN
978-981-15-0709-0
Series ISSN
2198-2724
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 84
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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