The SAGE Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies includes outstanding contributions from a diverse group of leading academics from across the globe. This volume is designed to serve as a major interdisciplinary reference work and a seminal text, both rigorous and accessible, to assist students and scholars in understanding one of the major nations of the world.
Chapter 18: Mental Health in Japan
Mental Health in Japan
The investigation of culture, society, and mental health always involves a broad investigation of norms, values, interpersonal behaviors, self-development, and theories about personality. All of this must be contextualized within the historical, political, and economic frameworks within which mental health care is financed and delivered. Understanding mental health requires examining the experiences of symptoms, the social contexts that constrain or support the communication of those, as well as community level forces such as stigma and labeling. In addition, understanding mental health care requires an examination of the larger political and economic aspects of Japanese culture and society such as gendered expectations of the ideal Japanese citizen, the importation of Western or American psychiatry, and the governmental regulation of medical and mental health services.
American psychology and psychiatry have ...