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Tough Choices: Bearing an Illegitimate Child in Japan

Ekaterina Hertog


As is the case in Western industrialized countries, Japan is seeing a rise in the number of unmarried couples, later marriages, and divorces. What sets Japan apart, however, is that the percentage of children born out of wedlock has hardly changed in the past fifty years. This book provides the first systematic study of single motherhood in contemporary Japan. Seeking to answer why illegitimate births in Japan remain such a rarity, the author spent over three years interviewing single mothers, academics, social workers, activists, and policymakers about the beliefs, values, and choices that un ... More

Keywords: unmarried mothers, Japan, single motherhood, illegitimate births, family change, social inequality, illegitimate child, Japanese mothers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804761291
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804761291.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ekaterina Hertog, author