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Regular Full-Time Positions Increasingly Elusive for Japanese Workers

Part-timers, dispatch workers, and other nonregular employees now represent around 40% of the total Japanese workforce. This frequently means people now face low wages and unsatisfactory working conditions as they seek in vain for permanent, full-time positions.

Japan’s Deepening Social DividesYamada Masahiro

Despite what Japan’s falling fertility rate might suggest, there is a strong yearning among young people for a conventional family. Chūō University Professor Yamada Masahiro, who coined the term parasite singles for the many unmarried adults who continue to live with their parents, explains the family’s realities and prospects.

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