• Nobutaka FukudaEmail author


This chapter attempts to give an overall view of the book. First of all, the background of this study is presented. More specifically, demographic situations and governmental policies in European and East Asian countries are put forward. Next, after giving a critical review on the features of formal demographic analysis, the relation between society and human conduct is argued. Moreover, the social scientific approach used in this study is explained and its importance to marriage and fertility behaviour is clarified. Subsequently, brief reviews of previous studies are given regarding marriage and fertility patterns in Japan. Finally, this chapter presents the purposes of this study and the structure of the chapters in the book.


Demography Fertility Marriage Pronatalist policies Social scientific approach 


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  1. 1.Tohoku UniversitySendaiJapan

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