By Satsuki Kawano,Glenda S. Roberts,Susan Orpett Long

What are people’s existence stories in present-day Japan? This well timed quantity addresses basic questions very important to figuring out Japan within the first decade of the twenty-first century. Its chapters jointly demonstrate a wondering of middle-class beliefs as soon as thought of the essence of Japaneseness. within the postwar version family a guy was once anticipated to acquire a role at an important company that provided life-long employment; his counterpart, the “professional” housewife, controlled the family sphere and the youngsters, who have been expert in a method that supplied a route to mainstream good fortune. long ago two decades, although, jap society has obvious a pointy raise in precarious types of employment, better divorce premiums, and a widening hole among haves and have-nots.

Contributors draw on wealthy, nuanced fieldwork facts accumulated through the 2000s to envision paintings, education, kinfolk and marital family, baby rearing, leisure, way of life offerings, neighborhood help, intake and waste, fabric tradition, healthiness, getting older, loss of life and memorial rites, and sexuality. The voices in those pages differ extensively: They comprise schoolchildren, young children, profession girls, single girls, younger moms, individuals with disabilities, small company proprietors, natural farmers, retirees, and the elderly.

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