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Emerging Adulthood Transitions in Japan : The Role of Marriage and Housing Careers. / Ronald, Richard; Izuhara, Misa.

In: Asian Journal of Social Science, Vol. 44, No. 3, 04.2016, p. 391-415.

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Ronald, Richard ; Izuhara, Misa. / Emerging Adulthood Transitions in Japan : The Role of Marriage and Housing Careers. In: Asian Journal of Social Science. 2016 ; Vol. 44, No. 3. pp. 391-415.

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