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New Book: A Quantitative Picture of Contemporary Japanese Families

A volume of Tohoku University GCOE Project Research Book Series (in printing)
A Quantitative Picture of Contemporary Japanese Families: Tradition and Modernity in the 21st Century
TANAKA Sigeto (田中重人)
Tohoku University Press (東北大学出版会)
4,000 yen


This volume contains articles on result of quantitative analyses using micro data on Japanese family. Currently the family, household, and kinship are regarded as hot-issues in ageing and low-fertility society like Japan, but family-related policies are often implemented without firm empirical ground. With an intention to offer law/policy implication based on positive scientific evidences with national-representative data, the authors discuss urgent social problems related to contemporary families: parent-child relationships under stem family tradition, unpaid work and sexual division of labor in household, women’s employment and work-family conflict, and inequality in both economic and educational aspects.

This book is based on the research results of the project entitled "Family Change in an Aging Society with Low Fertility: Micro Data Approach" of the Tohoku University Global COE (GCOE) Program, "Gender Equality and Multicultural Conviviality in the Age of Globalization," as a volume in the GCOE Project Research Book Series.

Most chapters use data from the National Family Research of Japan (NFRJ) surveys. See


本書は 東北大学グローバルCOEプログラム「グローバル時代の男女共同参画と多文化共生」 の研究プロジェクト 「少子高齢社会の家族変動: ミクロデータ分析によるアプローチ 」 の研究成果に基づくものであり、GCOEプロジェクト研究成果シリーズの一部として出版するものである。

ほとんどの章では、全国家族調査 (NFRJ) データを利用している。 参照。

Table of contents

  • List of Contributors (pp. i-ii)
  • Preface (pp. iv-vii)
  • Notes (p. xi)

Part I. Lineal Relationships after Modernization

  • Chapter 1 (pp. 3-12) KUBONO Emiko. Relationship between parents and children over the age of majority under Japanese family law
  • Chapter 2 (pp. 13-55) KATO Akihiko. Continuity and change in the Japanese family: Testing the family nuclearization hypothesis
  • Chapter 3 (pp. 57-91) YAMATO Reiko. Is the generational contract between care and inheritance still alive in Japan?: The coexistence of gendered bilateral and patrilineal intergenerational relationships
  • Chapter 4 (pp. 93-120) SHI Liping. Parent-child relationships and kinship in postwar Japan: Examining bilateral hypotheses

Part II. Structure of Unpaid Work

  • Chapter 5 (pp. 123-146) TSUTSUI Junya. Gender segregation of housework
  • Chapter 6 (pp. 147-174) INUI Junko. Influence of wife’s full-time employment and gender role attitudes on the division of housework
  • Chapter 7 (pp. 175-192) KADO Yoku. Women’s attitudes on caring for elderly parents: Life-stage differences between an "ideal incident" and a "daily incident" in terms of care

Part III. Consequences of the Feminization of Employment

  • Chapter 8 (pp. 195-234) SUZUKI Fumiko + TANAKA Sigeto. Women, work, and family issues
  • Chapter 9 (pp. 235-254) NISHIMURA Junko. Determinants of employment of women with infants
  • Chapter 10 (pp. 255-271) UCHIDA Tetsuro. What problems obstruct family roles?: Gender differences in the cause of conflicts
  • Chapter 11 (pp. 273-295) SHIMA Naoko. Effect of wives’ contributions to family income on husbands’ gender role attitudes

Part IV. Family and Inequality

  • Chapter 12 (pp. 299-319) ARAMAKI Sohei. Effects of extended family members on children’s educational attainment: Afocus on the diverse effects of grandparents, uncles, and aunts
  • Chapter 13 (pp. 321-350) TANAKA Sigeto. Gender gap in equivalent household income after divorce
  • Chapter 14 (pp. 351-375) INABA Akihide. Non-first marriage continuing families and their experiences

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