Back to Work: Japan
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Back to Work: Japan

Improving the Re-employment Prospects of Displaced Workers

Job displacement (involuntary job loss due to firm closure or downsizing) affects many workers over the course of their working lives. Displaced workers may face long periods of unemployment and, even when they find new jobs, tend to be paid less and have fewer benefits than in the jobs they held prior to displacement. Helping displaced workers get back into good jobs quickly should be a key goal of labour market policy. This report is the second in a series of reports looking at how this challenge is being tackled in a number of OECD countries. It shows that Japanese employers and the government go to considerable lengths to avoid the displacement of regular workers while also providing considerable income and re-employment support to many of the workers whose jobs cannot be preserved. Challenges for labour market programmes include expanding labour market mobility between regular jobs, improving co-ordination between private and public re-employment assistance for displaced workers, and avoiding that job displacement pushes older workers to the margins of the labour market.

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The OECD Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Committee (ELSAC) has decided to carry out a thematic review of policies to help workers who lose their jobs for economic reasons or as a result of structural change to move back into work. This review builds on other recent research conducted by ELSAC on topics such as youth unemployment, activation policy, skills and the labour market impact of the Great Recession.

 
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