Investing in Youth: Japan

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The present report on Japan is the seventh report in the Investing in Youth series. In three statistical chapters, the report provides an overview of the labour market situation of young people in Japan, presents a portrait of young people who are not in employment, education or training (the NEETs) and analyses the income situation of young people in Japan. Two policy chapters provide recommendations on how Japan can improve the school-to-work transition of disadvantaged young people, and on how employment, social and training programmes can help the NEETs find their way back into education or work.

Earlier reviews in the same series have looked at youth policies in Brazil (2014), Latvia and Tunisia (2015), Australia, Lithuania and Sweden (2016).



Income support and youth poverty in Japan

This chapter studies the income situation of youth, and in particular NEETs, in Japan. It sets off by describing the social safety net providing a brief analysis of the income support available for young people in the case of unemployment, a disability or caring responsibilities and assessing its generosity. It then discusses recent trends in benefit receipt rates among young people and the coverage for those who are unemployed. The final section provides evidence on benefit adequacy by studying poverty among young people in Japan.


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