Since the early 1990s, Japanese economy has experienced severe recession after the collapse of bubble economy accompanying socio-economic change due to the infiltration of the New Economy induced by information technologies and globalization. As a result, employment was polarized into core workers and marginal workers. These changes especially influenced the deteriorating employment of young people who entered the labor market after 1990. The purpose of this paper is to examine the causation of these changes focusing on the spatial distribution of "parasite singles" who delay their marriage plans and remain at home with their parents, which characterizes the current status of young people in Japanese society. A quantitative analysis with spatial autocorrelation indices revealed that the distribution of "parasite singles" varies with sex and age groups.
Geographical Reports of Tokyo Metropolitan University 45 57-66, 2010
Department of Geography, Tokyo Metropolitan University