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Issues and Challenges

Japan faces slowing labour productivity attributed to the steady decline of its fertility rate.  In this connection, the country is working to address issues of youth employment where, in recent years, there has been a high turnover and unemployment rate among young people, including a growing number of youth with no established occupation.  Most prominent among this group are those the Government of Japan has termed “freeters”, or individuals who continuously repeat part-time jobs without ever obtaining a full-time position.  If this situation continues, Japan may miss an opportunity to develop its human resource base, risking its competitiveness in the global market. Read more...

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