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Notions of life, old age and death in ageing Japan

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The value of old age varies in different societies. If there are societies where the value of life falls gradually with age from an economic point of view, there are also societies where the value of life is seen as increasing with age, as proof of vitality, and where the elderly are valued and are to be venerated. Japan's village societies are formed basically by organizing a number of households in some way and administering them together. It is clear that there are regional differences in the criteria for organizing the village societies formed by the households, or in how the villages are run. The rapid population shift from rural communities to the big cities and changes in employment structures took place in the high growth period from 1955 to 1973.

Keywords: elderly people; Japan's village society; old age



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