Baby-boomers, Baby-busters and the Lost Generation: Generational Fractures in Japan's Homeowner Society

Yosuke Hirayama, Richard Ronald

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Abstract

Over the past two decades housing pathways have become increasingly differentiated between generations, particularly in advanced societies dominated by owner-occupied tenure systems. Demographic transformations caused by aging and falling fertility rates, along with a more volatile economy and a neo-liberal reorientation of governance have combined to restructure housing conditions. Drawing on empirical research in Japan, this paper illustrates the social origins and impact of generation-based differentiations in housing patterns in that country. It considers the housing experiences of three cohorts: baby-boomers, baby-busters and the ‘lost generation’. The contrast of housing pathways between these generations in Japan illustrates the contemporary dynamics of housing and social processes in homeowner societies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-342
Number of pages18
JournalUrban Policy and Research
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2008

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