Master of Arts (MA)
First Advisor's Name
Dr. Steven Heine
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Dr. Amy Bliss Marshall
Second Advisor's Committee Title
Third Advisor's Name
Dr. Hitomi Yoshio
Third Advisor's Committee Title
Japan, women, birth rate
Date of Defense
For the past twenty-five years, Japan’s population decline has been a domestic and global concern. A common discourse on the issue of Japan’s low birth rate tends to focus on the role of women, specifically indicating that women should change their behavior to prioritize motherhood. This thesis argues that Japan’s low birth rate is the result of a nexus of social and economic influences that are experienced in contemporary society. In order to provide a nuanced analysis of the influences on a woman’s childbearing decision, motivators of and challenges to population growth will be explored. The dynamic struggle that women experience from the internalized stress of deciding about childbearing while coping with external factors from the community, government, and corporate sector is divided into four categories. The conditions caused by the interaction of these different factors contributes to consistent decline in the birth rate.
Richko, Rebecca L., "Social and Economic Factors Influencing Japanese Women's Decision about Childbearing in Post-Bubble Japan" (2016). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2451.
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