Intergenerational Programs: Support for Children, Youth, and Elders in Japan

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The "intergenerational programming concept," now garnering increased interest in America, has been applied to Japanese society as a strategy for maintaining intergenerational and cultural continuity in the face of social and demographic changes. While Japan is known for its enduring and resilient family structure which provides support for people of all ages, the country's growing aged population, combined with a trend away from three-generation families and changing social values, exposes a need for new mechanisms beyond the family to promote intergenerational communication, support, and cultural continuity.

The authors identify a rich geographically diverse set of intergenerational programs and activities that serve a wide range of human and community development objectives. Beyond promoting intergenerational understanding among participants, these initiatives function to help people to pursue their educational objectives, arts and recreation interests, desired states of health and welfare, environmental preservation and community development goals, and religious and spiritual well-being. Intergenerational endeavors constitute an integral approach for supplementing familial support systems and maintaining social cohesion in Japan as it enters the twenty-first century.
 

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Introduction
1
The Changing Nature of Childhood
27
The Conceptual and Organizational
51
Schoolbased Initiatives
75
Communitybased Programs Events
101
Other Frameworks for Promoting
127
Conclusions
143
Discussion
169
Recommendations
191
Closing Cements
203
Appendices
207
Notes
225
References
243
Contributors
263
Index
265
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Matthew Kaplan is Associate Professor of Psychology at Hawaii Pacific University and author of Side by Side: Exploring Your Neighborhood Through Intergenerational Activities.

Atsuko Kusano is Associate Professor at Shinshu University.

At Tohoku University School of Medicine, Ichiro Tsuji is Associate Professor of Public Health.

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