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Quality of Life in Japan

Contemporary Perspectives on Happiness

  • Ming-Chang Tsai
  • Noriko Iwai

Part of the Quality of Life in Asia book series (QLAS, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

  3. Income, Poverty and Happiness

  4. Aging, Gender, and Migration

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 215-217

About this book


This edited volume approaches the life experiences and well-being of Japanese people from an empirical perspective. It explores the current trend of happiness among Japanese over time and examines the association of income, lifestyle, and perceived life conditions using modern econometric models with supplementary qualitative observations. Issues relating to ageing, gender, household division of labour, and emigration are also examined to provide a wide scope of results based on both survey and field methods for culturally sensitive researchers. Going beyond the conventional cultural interpretation of the uniqueness of the Japanese case, this book provides timely, empirical evidence for understanding how the various social groups comprising the Japanese population have enjoyed a better quality of life, while some groups are very dissatisfied with social arrangements and have elected to emigrate. The book is a pioneering endeavour to reveal the detailed structure of quality of life and well-being in Japanese society.


Quality of Life in Japan Asian society and quality of life Family and well-being Positive psychology Social well-being Japanese lifestyle Income and happiness Lifestyle and happiness Aging population in Asia Elderly’s living condition Happiness in Contemporary Japan Intra-household Bargaining Power Time Poverty and Maternal Wellbeing in Japan Japanese Elderly Ancestor Worship and Quality of Life Japanese immigration

Editors and affiliations

  • Ming-Chang Tsai
    • 1
  • Noriko Iwai
    • 2
  1. 1.Academia SinicaTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Osaka University of CommerceOsakaJapan

About the editors

Ming-Chang Tsai is a Research Fellow in Academia Sinica, Taiwan. Working from a comparative sociological approach to life quality research, he concentrates on Asian populations to understand the influences of culture and social structures in how people in this region live happily or unhappily. He receives the Research Fellow Award from the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies.

Noriko Iwai is Director of Japanese General Social Surveys (JGSS) Research Center and Professor of Faculty of Business Administration, Osaka University of Commerce, Japan. Leading the JGSS's Project and East Asian Social Survey Project in past decades, she has been elucidating both the changing and persistent aspects in Japanese people’s social values and behaviours. Besides family studies, the scope of her research has extended to the impact of natural disasters on people’s quality of life.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Quality of Life in Japan
  • Book Subtitle Contemporary Perspectives on Happiness
  • Editors Ming-Chang Tsai
    Noriko Iwai
  • Series Title Quality of Life in Asia
  • Series Abbreviated Title Quality of Life in Asia
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-8909-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-8912-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-8910-8
  • Series ISSN 2211-0550
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-0569
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 217
  • Number of Illustrations 22 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Quality of Life Research
    Positive Psychology
    Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging
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