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Refuge of the Honored: Social Organization in a Japanese Retirement Community

Yasuhito Kinoshita and Christie Kiefer


Faced with the decline of the traditional family and the explosive growth of the over-sixty-five population, the Japanese are looking for new ways to care for their elders. This study documents the birth of a major social phenomenon in Japan: the planned retirement community. In the mid-1980s, the author of this book spent a year living in Japan's first such community, Fuji-no-Sato. His collaboration with a cultural gerontologist provides here a detailed study of a retirement community in a non-Western culture. Fuji-no-Sato is a social community with no visible traditions. The book shows that ... More

Keywords: family, over sixty-five, planned retirement community, Fuji-no-Sato, non-Western culture, Japanese society, Japanese culture, elderly

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780520075955
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520075955.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yasuhito Kinoshita, author

Christie Kiefer, editor

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1 Introduction

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Part IAging in Japan: An Overview

3 Demography and Income

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4 Consequences of Social Change

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Part II Fuji-no-Sato

6 The Setting and the System

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7 The Residents

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Part III Social Integration

9 The Residents Association

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12 Conclusions

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End Matter