chapter  11
Children’s Rights in Japan
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In contrast to the cases of Taiwan and Korea sufficient work has been done by Japanese scholars to enable us to provide an account of the development of the idea of children and childhood in Japan equivalent to that in the previous section on the background to the development of ideas about childhood in Europe. Just as in Europe, the notion of childhood and the view society has taken of children has changed in response to the priorities of the social environment. As we will see, the idea that children have rights has circulated in Japan for almost as long as it has in Europe although it probably has not been so influential, at least not until the 1990s.