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.



Education and training

Historically, Japan has succeeded in combining a high level of education with small disparities in educational attainment among its population. A rapid rise in the educational attainment has also contributed to faster economic growth. However, questions have emerged in recent years regarding: the lack of diversity of the education system; its limited responsiveness to rapidly changing labour market demands; and a declining level of basic education, as suggested by recent international test results (OECD, 2006b).


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