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Japanese Family Policies In Comparative Perspective

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This chapter describes how the Japanese government has responded to declining fertility, evaluating the levels of its family policy inputs and their effectiveness in comparative perspectives. Specifically, the chapter discusses whether the persistent very low fertility situation in Japan is due to the inadequacy of the direction of family policy efforts, the paucity of policy inputs, or the more general social, economic and/or cultural milieu beyond family policies. It also presents family policies in relation to fertility policies and the changes in standard family models. According to the UN inquiries on governments' evaluation of their own fertility levels and their responses to them, out of 23 developed countries only four reported in the 1970s that they were 'not satisfied' with their fertility levels and only three countries intervened in their fertility trends.

Keywords: family policies; fertility policies; Japanese government



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