The Political Economy of Japan's Low Fertility

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CHAPTER 9
Conclusion

FRANCES MCCALL ROSENBLUTH


Introduction

To summarize the overarching theme of this book, Japan's low fertility is overdetermined, because Japanese women are stuck between a rock (an inhospitable labor market) and a hard place (the government's reluctance to subsidize family work). Japanese women face difficulties that are different in degree, but not in kind, to those faced by women in other rich democracies. Variation in the severity of these constraints, we find, corresponds to variation in the ability of women to advance in a man's world, and seems, by extension, to affect women's decisions about whether, when, and how many children to have. We are not making a normative appeal that women ought to try to balance family and career; only that women should not be more burdened than men in making their choice.

In the remainder of this chapter, I summarize the principal arguments that chapter authors have made in the preceding parts of the book. I then discuss the policy implications, particularly as they relate to Japan, of a commitment to freeing women of the constraints that make it difficult for them to combine family responsibilities with career success. To change women's reluctance to try to mix motherhood with employment, so apparent now in Japan, how might the government use policy measures to ease the constraints? Even if we agree that this is a worthy question—and some dismiss the use of government policy out of hand—the hard work of sorting out the implications of different policy choices has only begun.

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