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Housing policy and social inequality in Japan

Yosuke Hirayama

in Comparing social policies

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9781861343666
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301967 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861343666.003.0009
Housing policy and social inequality in Japan

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Housing policy does not serve to improve housing conditions for all people. Under a specific set of social, economic and political conditions, it allots resources to certain groups, which in turn contribute to the formation of social inequality. This chapter examines the role of housing policy in creating social inequality in Japan. Housing policy in Japan has placed importance on the formation of a social mainstream. The first part of this chapter highlights how Japanese housing policy reflects and reinforces the social mainstream, expanding homeownership and contributing to economic growth. The second part provides a clearer picture of the actual state of social inequalities formed by such housing policies. The final part of this chapter then considers how best to reconstruct the relationship between housing policies and social inequalities in present-day Japan.

Keywords: expanding homeownership; economic growth; Japan; social mainstream; social inequality; housing policy

Chapter.  9132 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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