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Refuge of the HonoredSocial Organization in a Japanese Retirement Community$
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Yasuhito Kinoshita and Christie Kiefer

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780520075955

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520075955.001.0001

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Management and Residents: Communication Failure

Management and Residents: Communication Failure

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(p.121) 8 Management and Residents: Communication Failure
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Refuge of the Honored
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Yasuhito Kinoshita

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520075955.003.0008

This chapter deals with an aspect of the new phenomenon of Japanese retirement housing that has not yet been well understood by the Japanese themselves: cultural beliefs and expectations about “welfare” as it applies to the care of the aged. A lack of clear concepts which can guide expectations—specifically, the expectations that management and residents have of one another—has caused serious friction. The chapter analyzes the negative images held by the management and the residents of each other, and the residents' uncooperative attitude, stemming from conflicting interpretations of “contract welfare.”

Keywords:   Japanese retirement housing, retirement communities, cultural beliefs, contract welfare, aged, elderly

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