Chapter

The Residents

Yasuhito Kinoshita

in Refuge of the Honored

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780520075955
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520911789 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520075955.003.0007
The Residents

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This chapter focuses on the residents of Fuji-no-Sato. As of October 1, 1982, 372 residents occupied 281 units at Fuji-no-Sato. There were 134 men (36 percent) and 238 women (64 percent). The level of education for both men and women at Fuji-no-Sato was remarkably high, not only for their generation, but even by today's standards. More than half the men (56.8 percent) were university graduates, their degrees disproportionately from the elite handful of imperial universities. The schooling of the women was also very high for their generation, especially because, under the old system, women had far less educational opportunity than men. Among the 238 women, 28 (11.8 percent) had graduated from joshi daigaku, or women's college, and 52 (21.8 percent) from women's higher schools. Among married couples, it was predominantly wives rather than husbands who had been active and enthusiastic about moving to the community. The wives gathered the necessary information, studied various retirement communities, and took their husbands to visit potential choices. The husbands, however, made the final decision and settled the contract with the management.

Keywords: Fuji-no-Sato; retirement community; elderly; aged

Chapter.  4025 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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