‘Livelihood Improvement’ in Postwar Japan: Its Relevance for Rural Development Today

  • Hiroshi Kan Sato
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In this chapter, we shall describe the features of Rural Livelihood Improvement in Japan during the post-Second World War period (1945–64). During the years immediately after the war, rural and urban areas in Japan were plagued by severe poverty. People suffered from food shortages and starvation, poor sanitary conditions, outbreaks of communicable diseases, and a lack of sufficient income. At that time, Japan’s development goal was poverty alleviation. In addition to poverty alleviation, the USA, as an occupation power, ordered Japan to be ‘democratized’. Consequently, the government and people of Japan were given two main development goals; poverty alleviation and democratization.


Rural Development Extension Worker Poverty Alleviation Rural Woman Rapid Economic Growth 
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