Forging the Family: Social Security Policy



Confucian nationalism has created a distinct dynamic between civil society and the state in Japan that also pertains to government policy. The government formulates policy within the context of Confucian nationalism, and therefore its responses to certain issues can be understood more clearly by using this lens. Although overt references to Confucianism were downplayed after World War II because of their association with wartime nationalism and the atrocities committed in its name, the dynamics underlying the state and society relationship have remained as a force that shapes the modern Japanese government and society. The principles of a Confucian value system manifest themselves in social security, education, childcare, marriage, and divorce areas that merge directly with key family concerns.


Social Security Civil Code Liberal Democratic Party Public Pension Woman Worker 
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© Nicole L. Freiner 2012

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