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business-government control of women's life cycles. Thus, formally independent nuclear families were in practice integrated with this corporate system tion and reproduction resting on the sacrifice of women. As such, nuclear fami- lies became the building blocks of Japan's postwar corporate empire. that was concealed by ideological mystification. Kaji Etsuko characterized "It has a double function." the one hand, it converts alienation from social labor into the illusion of happiness in a home life supposedly free of the drudgery of monotonous and exhausting work in order to stimulate the flow of young women from the workplace to home. (This serves as an invitation to early retirement.) On the other hand, since a primary function of the nuclear family is consumption,

But that was concealed by ideological mystification. Kaji Etsuko characterized this mystification device as "my-horne-ism," which came into vogue in the '60s. "My-home-ism," according to her, ''projects an image of women's happiness in the nuclear family and petit bourgeois life style .... "It has a double function."