The New Workplace in Japan

Skills for a Strong Recovery

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In the context of a rapidly changing world of work, the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened pre-existing challenges to Japan’s adult learning system and raised new ones. This report examines how skill requirements have been evolving in Japan prior to and during the COVID-19 crisis. It examines changes in the skills composition of Japan’s workforce as well as policy efforts to improve the accessibility of career guidance, broaden training participation and foster the adoption of teleworking practices. The report also provides concrete recommendations to tackle inequalities in skills and training among socio-demographic groups. Finally, it provides suggestions for how to develop a labour market information system to feed real-time data into crucial policy and decision-making processes.


Looking ahead: Innovative skills policies for a strong recovery

Japan needs to ensure that upskilling and reskilling policies are targeted, inclusive, and based on a more systematic analysis of labour market developments. This chapter reviews how Japan has adapted its adult learning policies after the outbreak of the COVID‑19 pandemic, and explores the need for digital, modular, and flexible training opportunities. Furthermore, the chapter emphasises the need of better leveraging existing data to create analytical tools to assess and anticipate skills needs to enable decision makers to quickly adapt training offers and career guidance services to the evolving world of work.


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