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"Family Planning in Japanese Society is not another success story about Japan. . . . Samuel Coleman discloses the fact that Japan is unique in its reliance upon induced abortion among married women as the primary means of birth control. . . . [This book is) strongly recommended as an original contribution to social science, work on family planning, women's studies, and Japanese studies."--Takie Sugiyama Lebra, Journal of Asian Studies
"For anyone seeking the most comprehensive picture of fertility control in Japan in the 1980s and a sensitive portrayal of the role of sex in marital relations in at least one segment of contemporary Japanese society, the book cannot be recommended too highly. Were there more like it, anthropologists, demographers, and family planning specialists would be well on the way to more sensitive comparisons of the intangible whys of fertility control as well as the technical hows."--Robert J. Smith, Medical Anthropology Quarterly
"Here are the answers to the questions that one wishes to ask Japanese friends but can never seem to find the right words, the proper time, or the necessary courage to do so. Do yourself and these friends a favor: read this book."--Betty Sisk Swain, The Japan Christian Quarterly
"A very readable and excellent introduction to the subject of contraception in Japan today."--Susan B. Hanley, Contemporary Sociology