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The Care of the Elderly in Japan

1st Edition

By Yongmei Wu


228 pages

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The problems of an ageing population are particularly acute in Japan. These problems include people living longer, with many needing more care, and the problems of supporting them by a diminishing working population and a diminishing tax base. This book, based on extensive fieldwork in a Japanese institution for the elderly, explores the whole issue of ageing and responses to it in Japan, and compares the Japanese approach in these matters with Western approaches. It discusses how people in Japan have changed their perceptions towards family responsibility, the institutionalization of the elderly, and rights of welfare. It also discusses how institutions for the elderly are run in Japan and how their management differs from that in the West.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface Lists of Figures, Tables and Maps Foreword Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Notes on Language Convention and Style 1. Introduction 2. The Setting: Kotobuki 3. The Residents 4. The Staff 5. The Visitors 6. A Problematic Issue in Kotobuki: Conflicts 7. Beyond The Homes: Towards The LTCI System 8. Conclusions Appendix 1: The Mechanism of the LTCI Appendix 2: Physical Layout of Kotobuki (Each Floor) Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Yongmei Wu is lecturer at the Beijing Centre of Japanese Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University. She received her PhD in Japanese Studies from the University of Hong Kong. She was a research fellow at the Japan College of Social Work and a visiting researcher in the University of Tokyo. Her research interests include Cross-Cultural Aging Research in Japan and China, Asian Welfare Models, Gender and Family.

About the Series

Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

Editorial Board:
Pamela Asquith, University of Alberta
Eyal Ben Ari, Kinneret Academic College, Sea of Galilee, Israel

Hirochika Nakamaki, Suita City Museum, Japan
Christoph Brumann, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany

Henry Johnson, University of Otago, New Zealand

Founder Member of the Editorial Board:
Jan van Bremen, University of Leiden

Routledge is very proud to be publishing this important series, which has already signed up a good list of high quality books on interesting topics, and has a truly international range of authors and editors.

A key aim of the series is to present studies that offer a deep understanding of aspects of Japanese society and culture to offset the impression of constant change and frivolity that so tempts the mass media around the world.  Living in Japan brings anyone into contact with the fervent mood of change, and former residents from many other countries enjoy reading about their temporary home, but there is a demand also to penetrate less obvious elements of this temporary life.  Anthropologists specialise in digging beneath the surface, in peeling off and examining layers of cultural wrapping, and in gaining an understanding of language and communication that goes beyond formal presentation and informal frolicking.  This series will help to open the eyes of readers around the world from many backgrounds to the work of these diligent anthropologists researching the social life of Japan.

Submissions from prospective authors are welcomed, and enquiries should be sent in the first instance to the series editor Professor Joy Hendry (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General