ANDO Yoshimi (2004.9) The Changing Transition to Adulthood in Japan. Human Science (Ryukyu University). 14:227-249
- Academic Paper
- ANDO Yoshimi || 安藤 由美
- The Changing Transition to Adulthood in Japan: Timing and Order of Events in the Life Course
- Human Science (Ryukyu University) || 人間科学 (琉球大学法文学部紀要)
- This paper explores the historical changes in the transition to adulthood in twentieth century Japan, using the National Family Research of Japan 1998(NFRJ98) dataset. The study finds that through comparison of successive birth-cohorts, both later age of school completion (due to spread of higher education) and later age of marriage resulted in a delayed transition, retaining almost the same duration of a transition period. Order of the events has always been uniform through the second half of the last century. Leaving home used to synchronize well with the first job among those who grew up in Japan’s economic booming era in the 1960s. Today, however, it synchronizes more with the first marriage among the younger cohorts. The final section discusses implications of these observed trends in light of changes in the Japanese family system as well as the life course itself.
- Family Change, NFRJ98, Postwar Japan, Young Adult
Created: 2012-02-20. Updated: 2012-03-28.