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Domestic Tensions, National AnxietiesGlobal Perspectives on Marriage, Crisis, and Nation$
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Kristin Celello and Hanan Kholoussy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199856749

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856749.001.0001

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Marriage and Family in Crisis in Contemporary Japan

Marriage and Family in Crisis in Contemporary Japan

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(p.212) 11 Marriage and Family in Crisis in Contemporary Japan
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Domestic Tensions, National Anxieties
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Jeff Kingston

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856749.003.0012

There is a growing crisis in the institutions of marriage and family in Japan that is rendering both less stable. Families have been caught up in profound changes in employment patterns, amplified by demographic trends and inadequate social policies. The prolonged economic crisis beginning in the early 1990s, the growing problem of elderly care, and the gap between family ideology and emerging realities are undermining marriages and families. There are many ways to gauge Japan’s misery index, but the relatively high rates of divorce, as well as growing numbers of single mothers and cases of domestic violence and child abuse are symptomatic. The absence of a family-friendly work and living environment contributes to Japan’s low fertility rate as more women postpone or avoid marriage and choose not to have children.

Keywords:   Japan, marriage, divorce, fertility, demography, elderly

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