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

ISBN-10: 0824838688

ISBN-13: 9780824838683

This well timed quantity addresses primary questions important to figuring out Japan within the first decade of the twenty-first century. Its chapters jointly show a wondering of middle-class beliefs as soon as thought of the essence of Japaneseness. some time past two decades eastern society has obvious a pointy elevate in precarious different types of employment, better divorce premiums, and a widening hole among haves and have-nots. individuals draw on wealthy, nuanced fieldwork information gathered through the 2000s to envision paintings, education, family members and marital kin, baby rearing, leisure, way of life offerings, neighborhood help, intake and waste, fabric tradition, future health, getting older, dying and memorial rites, and sexuality.

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