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Caring for the elderly and holding down a job : how are women coping in Japan?

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Publication Date: January 2003

Publisher(s): East-West Center

Author(s): Naohiro Ogawa; Robert D. Retherford; Yasuhiko Saito

Series: Asia-Pacific population & policy ; no. 65

Topic: Health (Health services for older people)
Labor (Employment and labor supply)
Population and demographics (Women)

Type: Brief

Coverage: Japan


Findings from Nihon University's 1999-2000 Japan Longitudinal Study of Ageing show that more than half of Japanese women who live with an elderly parent or parent-in-law are employed outside the home. Even in households where the elderly family member is very old or seriously disabled, large proportions of women continue to hold down full- or part-time jobs. These finding should be reassuring to Japanese policymakers who are concerned that middle-aged women remain in the labor force while continuing to care for elderly family members at home.