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A Post World War II changes in traditional structureThe family is the most important element in Japanese society Traditionally Japan had large extended families with three or four generations living together Today although grandparents sometimes live with the family most people live in small nuclear homes consisting of the parents and one or two children This change has occurred slowly since the end of World War II Before the war Japan was an agricultural society with most people lived in farming communities where rice was the major crop Rice growing requires many people working together to plan harvest and irrigate therefore in order to survive families had to live near each other and work together A small family could not support itself if it lived and farmed alone Much emphasis was put on children for laborSince the modernization of Japan the economic system has changed a single person can now support a small family by working in a factory or office Also mechanization of farms and the glamour and opportunities of city life have encouraged many young people to move to the citiesIn the past thirty years Western especially American lifestyles and values have strongly influenced Japanese society particularly its youth Many aspects of Japanese life including the family structure have become very Americanized B Responsibilities and Consequences of changeThe change to a highly technological and indstry economy along with the change from extended families has caused several emerging problems one being juvenile delinquency Japanese fathers work long hours and are rarely at home Children are under sever pressure to succeed at school and are confused by increased material wealth and great changes in Japanese values To vent their frustrations at these social and educational systems young people are more often turning to delinquency a situation which rarely if even existed prior to After World War II so called new sects arose in response to modern problems created by urbanization and industrialization These groups generally
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