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Misa Izuhara

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861343666

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861343666.001.0001

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Ageing and intergenerational relations in Japan

Ageing and intergenerational relations in Japan

(p.73) Four Ageing and intergenerational relations in Japan
Comparing social policies

Misa Izuhara

Policy Press

The ageing of the population has affected many industrial societies, upsetting the existing balance of financial, material and instrumental resources across generations. The remarkable speed of societal ageing in Japan also poses a considerable challenge to the family and the state partly due to the increasing need for nursing care. This chapter explores, in the context of postwar demographics and socioeconomic and policy changes, the changing patterns of intergenerational relations, and in particular, the reciprocal dimension of the exchange of goods and services between ageing parents and their adult children. Given the specific cultural norms and traditions, this chapter first examines how intergenerational relations have been perceived in Japan, and how they are transforming with particular reference to living arrangements, co-residence in particular, and the provision of nursing care. It also discusses the wider issues linked to the development of social policy as well as gender issues.

Keywords:   population ageing, Japanese society, societal ageing, nursing care, postwar demographics, co-residence, gender issues

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