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Care, community and citizenshipResearch and practice in a changing policy context$
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Susan Balloch and Michael Hill

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348715

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348715.001.0001

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The social care system for older people in Japan and the role of informal care: Long-term Care Insurance five years on

The social care system for older people in Japan and the role of informal care: Long-term Care Insurance five years on

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(p.261) Sixteen The social care system for older people in Japan and the role of informal care: Long-term Care Insurance five years on
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Care, community and citizenship
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Michihiko Tokoro

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348715.003.0017

Japanese society is ageing rapidly. Currently, over 20 per cent of the people in Japan are over 65 years old, and this proportion will grow to 27.8 per cent in 2020. How to cope with this ageing population has been on the agenda as an urgent policy issue since the 1980s, and continuous welfare reforms were made in the 1990s. The most important policy development in this field was the introduction of public Long-term Care Insurance (LTCI) in 2000. This aimed to reduce the heavy burden on the informal care system (the family) and to socialise the care of older people by expanding community-based social care services. Five years on, a review of LTCI is in progress. This chapter explores current issues concerning Japanese social care policy and informal care.

Keywords:   social care, social policy, informal care system, welfare reform, community-based care

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