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Capturing Contemporary JapanDifferentiation and Uncertainty$
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Satsuki Kawano, Glenda S. Roberts, and Susan Orpett Long

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838683

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838683.001.0001

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Single Women in Marriage and Employment Markets in Japan

Single Women in Marriage and Employment Markets in Japan

(p.163) Chapter 6 Single Women in Marriage and Employment Markets in Japan
Capturing Contemporary Japan

Lynne Y. Nakano

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the perceptions of single women about their lives during and after their marriageable years. Drawing on research that involved extensive interviews with single women and participation in their daily lives, the chapter considers how single women's experiences in the 2000s were influenced by marriage and employment markets. Employment markets in Japan in the 2000s were favorable to people who were young and possessed higher education and specialized skills. There was also a decline in the lifetime employment system, the rise of the part-time and temporary work sectors, and greater acceptance of a diversity of lifestyles—including indefinitely delayed marriage. In the face of these realities, the chapter shows that single women began to articulate values anchored on innovation, initiative, perseverance, hard work, and independence.

Keywords:   single women, marriage, employment markets, perseverance, hard work, independence, employment, Japan

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