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The Political Economy of Japan's Low Fertility$
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Frances McCall Rosenbluth

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804754866

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804754866.001.0001

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(p.201) Chapter 9 Conclusion
The Political Economy of Japan's Low Fertility

Frances Mccall Rosenbluth

Stanford University Press

This chapter summarizes the principal arguments made in the preceding parts of the book. It discusses the policy implications, particularly as they relate to Japan, of a commitment to freeing women of the constraints that make it difficult for them to combine family responsibilities with career success. To change women's reluctance to try to mix motherhood with employment, how might the government use policy measures to ease the constraints? Even if we agree that this is a worthy question—and some dismiss the use of government policy out of hand—the hard work of sorting out the implications of different policy choices has only begun.

Keywords:   Japan, working women, female labor force participation, employment, motherhood

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