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Capturing Contemporary Japan: Differentiation and Uncertainty

Satsuki Kawano, Glenda S. Roberts, and Susan Orpett Long


What are people's life experiences in present-day Japan? This book addresses fundamental questions vital to understanding Japan in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Its chapters collectively reveal a questioning of middle-class ideals once considered the essence of Japaneseness. In the postwar model household a man was expected to obtain a job at a major firm that offered life-long employment; his counterpart, the “professional” housewife, managed the domestic sphere and the children, who were educated in a system that provided a path to mainstream success. In the past twenty years ... More

Keywords: death, Japan, middle-class ideals, Japaneseness, Japanese society, employment, schooling, child rearing, family, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824838683
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838683.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Satsuki Kawano, editor
University of Guelph

Glenda S. Roberts, editor
Waseda University

Susan Orpett Long, editor
John Carroll University