Support and care among family members and state provision for the elderly in Japan

Authored by: Emiko Kubono

Routledge Handbook of Family Law and Policy

Print publication date:  May  2014
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415640404
eBook ISBN: 9780203796221
Adobe ISBN: 9781134447534

10.4324/9780203796221.ch6_4

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Abstract

The Civil Code of Japan, which prescribes rights and obligations among family members, was revised in 1947 in the aftermath of the Second World War. At the time of the revision, it was rare for parents to live long after their children reached the age of majority and it was commonly accepted that ageing parents should be supported and cared for at home by their family members. Consequently, this was not an urgent issue for families and the government. However, Japan later experienced the most rapid ageing of its population in the world. As a result, supporting and caring for ageing parents has become a major issue for families as well as society as a whole. (For a general discussion, see Chapter 6.3 of this book.)

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