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Child Care And Work-Life Balance In Low-Fertility Japan

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This chapter focuses on the case of Japan, but from a partially comparative German perspective. Combining the two elements of child care and work-life balance in a nationwide, non-representative survey for parents who have at least one child enrolled in a day care centre, the chapter aims to facilitate understanding of how these elements actually play out in peoples' everyday lives. A major contributing factor to the declining fertility rate in Japan and Germany is the fact that many women delay having children to a later age. The chapter aims to reduce the resultant lack of knowledge of how people use day care services and what they think of them. As the number of double-income families in Japan is on the rise, it is to be assumed that the provision of day care is also a concern for an increasing percentage of these families.

Keywords: child care; German; Japan; work-life balance



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