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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).

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Raising school completion rates and providing high-quality professional training in Japan

This chapter discusses Japan’s upper-secondary education and training system, and in particular its performance for disadvantaged and at-risk youth. It looks at early school leaving, policies aimed at identifying at-risk youth and combating school drop-out and strategies to adapt services for students who are not successful in the mainstream school system. It then examines vocational education in Japan with a focus on completion rates and practical training. It gives an overview of social services offered to school-age youth and the coordination of these services with schools.

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