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Japan

  • By: Wakasa Nagakura
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

The idea of motherhood in Japan is far more than just giving birth and raising a child. It is highly desired and respected, with strong social pressure to be a good mother. There has been a strong cultural belief among Japanese people that every woman has an innate ability, often referred as mother's instinct, to take care of a child with an abundance of love and self-sacrifice. Japanese mothers have been known for their high level of devotion and commitment to their families, and these family ties are strong. A distinguished Japanese psychologist, Hayao Kawai, has characterized Japan as a “motherhood society” (Bosei Shakai). In fact, some critics say that a mother's dedication to her family was considered a hidden force for achieving success in ...

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