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Counter Social policies reflect and construct important ideas in societies about the relationship between the state and the individual. This book examines this relationship in a number of hitherto unexplored areas in Japanese society including policies relating to fertility, peri-natal care, child care, child abuse, sexuality, care for the aged and death. The conclusion is that a great change has taken place in all these areas through the 1990s as a consequence of Japan's changing economy, demography and the development of civil society. The case studies, based on intensive anthropological fieldwork, not only demonstrate how and why family and social policies have evolved in the world's second largest economy, but in the process provide a challenge to many of the assumptions of western policymakers. The empirical material contained in this volume will be of interest to anthropologists and to students and practitioners.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Family Japan, Family policy Japan, Public welfare Japan, Social problems Japan, Applied anthropology Japan, Japan Social policy, Japan Social conditions