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Inequality amid Affluence
Social Stratification in Japan
by Junsuke Hara, Tohoku University & Kazuo Seiyama, University of Tokyo

The two leading sociologists of social stratification in Japan argue that most Japanese have attained a level of income in which they no longer suffer from poverty and starvation, a situation in which Japan has achieved an equalization of ‘basic wealth.’ However, at the same time, there has been no progress towards the equalization of ‘upper wealth.’ There is inequality in many areas including income, assets, academic background, occupation, gender and lifestyles.

Published by Trans Pacific Press
Publ. 2005, 202 pp.
ISBN 1 876843 14 4, hardback, £48.00
ISBN 1 876843 15 2, paperback, £19.99