Changing Social and Demographic Characteristics in Asia

  • Tsuneo UsuiEmail author
  • Mari Tsuruwaka
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 47)


In this chapter, we analyse the effects that recent demographic, social and economic changes in East and Southeast Asia exert on the relationship between the grandparents and grandchildren. The six regions of Japan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand are the main subjects of this analysis. These regions, particularly Japan, have seen a rapidly falling birth rate and a rapidly ageing population over recent years. East and Southeast Asia has been characterised by the ‘flying-geese’ pattern of economic development, in which Japan has been the front-runner, followed by newly industrialising economies and by China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In the demographic area, the birthrate fall and population ageing are also expected to take a flying-geese pattern in which Japan is again the front-runner.


Total Fertility Rate Average Life Expectancy Crude Birth Rate Elderly Household Birth Control Policy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Human SciencesWaseda UniversityTokorozawa SaitamaJapan
  2. 2.St Luke’s College of NursingTokyoJapan

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