Jobs for Youth/Des emplois pour les jeunes: Japan 2009

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Improving the performance of youth on the labour market is a crucial challenge in many OECD countries and first experiences on the labour market have a profound influence on later working life. This report on Japan, one of a series of country studies, surveys the main barriers to employment for young people in Japan, assesses of the adequacy and effectiveness of existing measures to improve the transition from school to work in the country, and presents set of policy recommendations.


Active labour market policies and benefits

As reviewed in the previous chapters, young people in Japan today are facing more difficulties during the school-to-work transition period compared with previous generations. They experience more frequent and longer spells of unemployment and inactivity, as well as a higher probability of switching between precarious jobs. Responding to this new situation requires high quality job-search assistance, training and other employment support programmes provided by public employment service (PES). Equally important is to ensure that youth are covered by adequate unemployment benefit schemes.


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