GENERATIONS IN TOUCH: Linking the Old and Young in a Tokyo Neighborhood, by Leng Leng Thang. Cornell University Press, 2001, 209 pp., paper ($39.95)

As Japan’s traditional three-generation households go nuclear and fewer young couples have children, the care of the nation’s elderly has become an increasingly pressing public issue. While the cost and delivery of medical services tops the list of concerns, Japan’s changing demographics require solutions to problems stemming from the social effects of the changes as well.

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