Social Security in Contemporary Japan Mari Osawa

ISBN: 9780415855518

Published: February 28th 2013

Paperback

240 pages


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Social Security in Contemporary Japan  by  Mari Osawa

Social Security in Contemporary Japan by Mari Osawa
February 28th 2013 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 240 pages | ISBN: 9780415855518 | 8.36 Mb

The present study analyzes the livelihood security system of contemporary Japan in international comparison from a historical and gender perspective. It posits livelihood security systems rather than welfare states or welfare regimes as its object ofMoreThe present study analyzes the livelihood security system of contemporary Japan in international comparison from a historical and gender perspective. It posits livelihood security systems rather than welfare states or welfare regimes as its object of analysis to enter the role of non-governmental institutions and of governmental policies reaching beyond income transfers into vision.Based on rich statistical materials, the evolution of Japan s livelihood security system in recent decades is traced to reveal a rigid male breadwinner orientation increasingly out of step with social realities.

The need for remedying the gender bias built into Japan s social insurance schemes has been politically highlighted since the late 1990s, but legislative action has continued to be deferred.The author argues that at present the livelihood security system of Japan is not only dysfunctional, but actually functioning in reverse, in a sense of furthering social exclusion. The study concludes with suggestions for a possible reconstruction of Japan s social security system, arguing for an increased role of the third sector or social economy in livelihood security and care provision.This book will appeal to scholars and students with an interest in social policy, welfare economics and gender studies, as well as Japanese politics and society.



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