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Japanese Housewives’ Roles In The UK: Caring For The Family And Maintaining Links With Japan

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This chapter focuses on the important role of wives in providing a comfortable family home environment that maintains links with Japan during the overseas transfer process. This is considered to be the most important role in accompanying a husband to the United Kingdom (UK), along with taking care of the health of the family. The chapter outlines other tasks that are carried out by housewives in Japan to show how they are carried out while resident in the UK. These include gift-giving and managing a husband's personal and business relationships, maintaining good relationships with neighbours, managing the family finances and taking care of elderly relatives. A significant feature of the lives of Japanese women in the UK is that, with the exception of wives of senior management, they rarely have paid help in the home. Women create a comfortable home environment by maintaining Japanese traditions in the home.

Keywords: Japanese housewives; Japanese traditions; United Kingdom (UK)



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