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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

Michihiko Tokoro

in Care, community and citizenship

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348715
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301608 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348715.003.0017
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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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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