Globalization and transformation of care in Japan

Reiko Ogawa

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This chapter deals with the situation of family and care work in Japan, and, in particular, the Conjunction between Family, Care Work, and Immigration in Japan. The chapter is aimed to elucidate the complex interplay between family and care work from both paid and unpaid work. Furthermore, Japan currently does not have an immigration policy that would include social integration policies. Since the care needs cannot be met solely by the families or the domestic labor market, globalization of care will become a salient trend for a foreseeable future. Moreover, the chapter proceeds to analyze the globalization thesis within the Japanese context. According to the author, one should be able to see the convergence of welfare states in many countries, but as in the case of Japan, the process of globalization is not linear but contingent. Instead, what one has seen is a dialectical process of how the domestic factors are differently shaping the well-being of the people within their own institutional histories and strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Social Issues in East Asian Societies
Subtitle of host publicationExamining the Spectrum of Public and Private Spheres
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781466650329
ISBN (Print)1466650311, 9781466650312
Publication statusPublished - Jan 31 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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