Bringing together a number of perspectives on the Japanese housing system, Housing and Social Transition in Japan provides a comprehensive, challenging and theoretically developed account of the dynamic role of the housing system during a period of unprecedented social and economic change in one of the most enigmatic social, political, and economic systems of the modern world.
While Japan demonstrates many of the characteristics of some western housing and social systems, including mass homeownership and consumption-based lifestyles, extensive economic growth and rapid urban modernization has been achieved in balance with traditional social values and the maintenance of the family system. Helpfully divided into three sections, Housing and Social Transition in Japan:
As well as providing challenges and insights for the academic community at large, this book also provides a good introduction to the study of Japan and its housing, economic, social and welfare system generally.
"A valuable addition to the housing literature." - Housing Studies
"…offers an engaging and fairly comprehensive overview of the context for housing in Japan." -- Journal of Urban Affairs, Vol. 37/No. 1/2015
1. Introduction: does the housing system matter? - Yosuke Hirayama and Richard Ronald 2. Reshaping the housing system: home ownership as a catalyst for social transformation - Yosuke Hirayama 3. Transformations in housing construction and finance - Eiji Oizumi 4. Welfare regime theories and the Japanese housing system - Iwao Sato 5. Turning stock into cash flow: strategies using housing assets in an ageing society - Misa Izuhara 6. Housing, family and gender - Mieko Hinokidani 7. Social exclusion and homelessness - Masami Iwata 8. The Japanese home in transition: housing, consumption and modernisation - Richard Ronald 9. Situating the Japanese housing system – Richard Ronald and Yosuke Hirayama