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Economic Analysis of Families and Society

The Transformation of Japanese Society and Public Policies


  • Analyzes changes in Japanese families and society, based on economics and game theory

  • Introduces the economics of families and communities that are useful for understanding modern market economies

  • Discusses public policies to deal with problems due to changes in families and society


Part of the Advances in Japanese Business and Economics book series (AJBE, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Understanding Social Transformation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Shinji Yamashige
      Pages 47-68
  3. Economics of Family and Community

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Shinji Yamashige
      Pages 71-91
    3. Shinji Yamashige
      Pages 93-113
    4. Shinji Yamashige
      Pages 115-134
    5. Shinji Yamashige
      Pages 135-155
  4. Social Policies in Japan

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Shinji Yamashige
      Pages 159-176
    3. Shinji Yamashige
      Pages 177-194
    4. Shinji Yamashige
      Pages 195-212
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 225-229

About this book


This book, based on economics and game theory, analyzes the changes that Japan is now facing as a reflection of changes in Japanese families and society. The author presents a simple framework for the structural relationship among markets, communities including families, and the state; and uses it to explain the changes that have occurred in Japanese society. Social changes have created a series of social problems such as population ageing, poverty, and regional disparities, which require changes in public policies. The book provides readers with rich information about the Japanese social security system, social policies and regional policies by explaining why they are developed, how they are designed, and what challenges they face. Readers will find that the transformation of Japanese society is not really a special case but a fairly common one that many developed countries have experienced and many developing countries are going to experience. The book will be useful not only to those who are interested in Japanese society and public policies but also to anyone who is interested in the transformations of families, communities, and roles of the state in a modern market economy. 


Japanese society family and community population crisis social change social security

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of International and Public PolicyHitotsubashi UniversityKunitachiJapan

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Economic Analysis of Families and Society
  • Book Subtitle The Transformation of Japanese Society and Public Policies
  • Authors Shinji Yamashige
  • Series Title Advances in Japanese Business and Economics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Advances Japanese Business Economics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Japan KK 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-4-431-55907-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-4-431-56726-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-4-431-55909-2
  • Series ISSN 2197-8859
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-8867
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 229
  • Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 41 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Original Japanese edition published by the University of Tokyo Press, Tokyo, 2013
  • Topics Economic Policy
    Social Policy
    Population Economics
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