The Father Image in Japan

Traditional Roles and Emerging Realities in Conflict
  • Michelle Henault MorroneEmail author
  • Yumi Matsuyama
Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 6)


Japanese society has been reluctant to give up the traditional family model that is believed to be the cornerstone of the economic and social success of its postwar period. In response to the present economic downturn, low birth rate, and graying society, the government has enacted legislation intended to support young families by keeping parents working and encouraging fathers to share household responsibilities, potentially undermining the old father image. This chapter summarizes ways society has responded to such legislation and suggests that revamping the traditional models of father and family presents an obstacle large but not impassable, especially as it may offer new traditions that can help the country get beyond its present economic slump.


Traditional family Family relationships Role model Social expectations Parental Child Leave Act Tanshin-funin Salaryman lifestyle Lifetime employment Maihomushugi Low birth rate Aging society 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Human Care DepartmentNagoya University of Arts and SciencesNisshin CityJapan
  2. 2.Aichi School of EducationYamanota, Arai-cho, Owariasahi CityJapan

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