Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Strategic and Global Studies, ICSGS 2018, October 24-26, 2018, Central Jakarta, Indonesia

Research Article

The Value Changes of Late-Life Divorce In Japan: A Critique of Fumie Kumagai Perspective

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.24-10-2018.2289657,
        author={Budi  Prayogo and Kurniawaty  Iskandar},
        title={The Value Changes of Late-Life Divorce In Japan: A Critique of Fumie Kumagai Perspective},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Strategic and Global Studies, ICSGS 2018, October 24-26, 2018, Central Jakarta, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICSGS},
        year={2019},
        month={11},
        keywords={late-life divorce values change government policy gender equality},
        doi={10.4108/eai.24-10-2018.2289657}
    }
    
  • Budi Prayogo
    Kurniawaty Iskandar
    Year: 2019
    The Value Changes of Late-Life Divorce In Japan: A Critique of Fumie Kumagai Perspective
    ICSGS
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.24-10-2018.2289657
Budi Prayogo1,*, Kurniawaty Iskandar1
  • 1: School of Strategic and Global Studies, Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
*Contact email: budi.prayoga168@gmail.com

Abstract

In the Japanese society, there have been various problems and unique phenomenon from the effects of modernization and industrialization progress. Its starting from decline in fertility rates, marriage postpone, increased rates of elderly, and a late-life divorce. Based on research from journal article by Fumie Kumagai, The phenomenon of an elderly couple's divorce or commonly called Jukunen Rikon is increasing drastically in Japan. Kumagai points out from several reasons in the form of demography, economy, culture, and gender, the most dominant influence of Jukunen Rikon's rise is baby boomers generation which born in 1947-1949 leading to an increasing percetages of elderly people in the 2000s. Criticism of Kumagai from this research is to more explained the increasing of Jukunen Rikon by the concept of male domination in Japan. This patriarchal concept resulted in the wife experiencing fatigue in the marriage relationship and make a decision to get a late-life divorce. This research uses qualitative method with previous literature research data and library research data which also examines the same theme of the value changes of late-life divorce in Japan. The study data includes other experts such as Makidon and Alexy who also discuss about Jukunen Rikon. By comparing Fumie Kumagai's perspective with the perspective of the other experts, we hope to see a value change of late-life divorce phenomenon in Japan with more comprehensive.