2005 OECD Economic Surveys: Japan 2005

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OECD's 2005 Economic Survey of Japan analyses whether Japan can sustain its economic expansion. It carefully looks at Japan's fiscal problems and related to that, the relationship between different levels of governments. It also reviews the problem of Japan's shrinking working-age population. The special report examines how Japan gets the most out of public sector decentralisation.

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Improving the Functioning of the Labour Market

This chapter discusses problems in the labour market, particularly the factors boosting the share of non-regular workers, such as part-time and temporary employees. While this enhances employment flexibility and reduces labour costs, increasing dualism creates both efficiency and equity concerns. A comprehensive approach, including relaxing the high degree of employment protection for regular...

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