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Gender dimensions of the ageing workforce

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This chapter discusses the economic risks of ageing posed by the ways in which men and women are employed in Japan. The focus is on the extent to which forms of employment make it possible for employees to achieve economic security during and after active employment. The gender dimension of the ageing workforce is approached from a relational and institutional perspective, highlighting how employment contracts and social policy shape opportunities for securing a livelihood, for men and women as individuals, but also as partners in households and families. The concept of the "male breadwinner" refers to a particular model of gendered employment and social policy, considered dominant in Japan and Germany. Growing inequalities and insecurities in the Japanese labour market, especially for younger cohorts of workers, can be seen as a consequence of the weakening of the male breadwinner, and, the failure to strengthen the female wage earner.

Keywords: age cohort; ageing workforce; economic security; gender dimension; Japanese labour market; male breadwinner model



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