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Japanese society experienced a long period of population growth and even population pressure with its high urban population density in the postwar decades. Social aspect of demographic change of the ageing society is one issue that is dealt with this introductory chapter of part 2 of the handbook. The changing values that people hold about family and child bearing that lie behind the changes in fertility behaviour are another topic that is raised in this part of the handbook. The chapters of the part of the handbook focuses on the challenges of the ageing of society: to avoid societal cleavage-between generations, between the sexes, between parents and non-parents, between the local population and immigrant communities, and between the rural and urban populations. This introductory chapter also presents an overview of other chapters of part 2 of the book are organised.

Keywords: ageing society; demographic change; Japanese society; urban population

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