This book aims to provide a new perspective on social policy in Britain and Japan, by comparing policies shared between the two countries. Japan has an established but somewhat different welfare system from Britain, with well-practised occupational, family and community welfare. Therefore, interesting contrasts can be drawn with East Asia by comparing such dissimilar cultures and socioeconomic situations. The book presents an up-to-date and detailed account of how these areas of social policy have developed in the postwar period in Britain and Japan. This chapter introduces concepts such as social policy, social change, welfare needs, and changing families and state.
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