Child Well-being in Japan: The high cost of economic success

Innocenti Occasional Papers, Economic Policy Series 46

  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Kono, Shigemi;
    • Ozawa, Martha N.;
  • Publisher
    • UNICEF ICDC, Florence
  • Date of Publication
    • 1995
  • Pages
    • 56
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 76U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


This Innocenti Occasional Paper examines the counter-intuitive relationship between Japan’s continuing economic achievement and the good of its child population. Although child physical health and school attainment statistics have never looked better, changes in the structure of the family are having a worrying impact upon the collective psychological well-being of young Japanese. Adults and the elderly are harvesting the greater share of the benefits of economic success; the country’s children are missing out.


Thematic area

Industrialized Countries   / 


child welfare   /  family structure   /  health statistics   /  school attendance   /