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New Housing Options For The Elderly In Japan: The Example Of Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward

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This chapter aims to shed light on current developments on the local level, taking Tokyo's Edogawa ward as an example. The chapter presents the role and aims of important actors involved. Some results from recent fieldwork are included to give an up-to-date picture of the housing situation of elderly people in Japan. Before the introduction of the long-term care insurance, the families of elderly people were the main actors, with the government providing care facilities for only those people who could not rely on their families. In many respects Edogawa is a very average ward with features that can be found in many urban places in Japan.

Keywords: elderly people; Japan; Tokyo's Edogawa ward



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