Japan’s Changing Families and Future Agenda

  • Junya Tsutsui
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Population Studies book series (BRIEFSPOPULAT)


In Japan, postwar reformation liberated families from the traditional patriarchy. However, this restructuring did not lead to gender egalitarianism in families. In part, this seemingly liberal change conformed to conservative ideals, in that it presupposed a family structure divided by gender. Households trended toward a gender-based division of labor, which simply represented a new type of male dominance. As a consequence of this change, academicians’ focus shifted from the democratization of family life to the protection of women lacking economic independence. Japan’s pursuit of gender equality is a work in progress. Meanwhile, an aging population is causing problems that cannot be remedied by gender equalization. To address the concerns of a society where single-person households are becoming ever more prevalent, a social security system must be built which can effectively support these individuals.


Patriarchy Gender equalization Aging population 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Junya Tsutsui
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  1. 1.College of Social SciencesRitsumeikan UniversityKyotoJapan

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