The Commodification of Family Care in the Japanese Long-Term Care Policy

일본 개호정책의 전개과정에 나타난 '가족개호의 비용화구조'

  • 김지미 (경남대학교 사회복지학과)
  • Received : 2012.06.29
  • Accepted : 2012.08.27
  • Published : 2012.11.30


The main purpose of this study is to examine the rewards for "Family Care" from the Japanese Long-Term care policy, to investigate the effects of "The commodification of Family Care" after the introduction of "The Long-Term Care Insurance", and to find out the institutionalization of reward system for "Family Care". First of all, the socialization of "The Long-Term Care" is redefined to be the commodification of family care in this study. Based on this definition, the commodification of family care and the government's involvement are analyzed in conjunction with considering the role of family in the process of Long-Term Care supply, the social evaluation for family care, the family carers' home environment and the position in the labor market. In result, the commodification structure of family care in the Japanese Long-Term Care policy is found, and it helps to understand the reason why the cash payments was just partially introduced.


Supported by : 경남대학교