Donnerstag, 15. Januar 2015, 18:30 - 20:00 iCal

Imagining and Living the Family

Attitudes from young-ish adults in urban Japan

Prof. Glenda S. Roberts (Waseda University, Tokyo)

Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften - Japanologie
Spitalgasse 2, UniversitätCampus, Hof 2, Eingang 2.4, 1090 Wien


In recent decades, Japan has become a rapidly aging, low birthrate society. Late marriage and no marriage have also become commonplace. With the prolonged recession, stable, regular employment declined, wages declined, and the prototypical ‘salaryman’ male of the postwar period took a beating. In this milieu, how do young adults feel about gender roles in marriage? Have attitudes changed in regard to marriage and childrearing, and if so, how? How do the unmarried imagine themselves in the future, and how do the married wish to rear their children?

Through this interview study we can discern a range of diverse views, but those in regard to childbearing and rearing in particular remain fairly conservative. Furthermore, expectations that women should take on the ‘double shift’ of household labor and caregiving upon marriage, as well as continued discrimination against women in the workplace, underlie the hesitancy young adults experience in acting on their dreams in the recessionary economy. The data from this work in progress come from a qualitative survey of eight men and eight women ages 23-39, as part of a larger survey research project of the East-West Center’s Population and Health Research Program on Family Change in Asia.


Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften/Japanologie und AAJ (Akademischer Arbeitskreis Japan)


Mag. Angela Kramer
Universität Wien
Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften - Japanologie