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Japan’s Poverty Rate Remains Well above OECD Average (News)

Tokyo, June 27 (Jiji Press)--Japan's relative poverty rate in 2015 fell slightly from the previous 2012 survey, but remained well above the average for Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member economies, a government survey showed Tuesday. The relative poverty rate, which measures the proportion of people with a disposable income of less than half of the median income of the…
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Regional Gap in Young Children’s Mortality Widening in Japan (News)

Tokyo, June 19 (Jiji Press)—The regional discrepancy in death rates of children aged less than 5 in Japan has been widening since around the year 2000, a study group of the National Center for Child Heath and Development has said in a report. The group tracked young children's death rates in the 47 prefectures and differences between them, based on population statistics between 1899 and 2014. …
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Children’s Cafeterias: Filling the Void for Kids Who Can’t Eat at HomeKanazawa Masumi

A growing number of “children’s cafeterias” across Japan are offering meals at little or no cost to children, mainly from single-parent households, who are not sufficiently fed at home. Kanazawa Masumi, an expert on child welfare, reports on measures that are being taken to tackle the multifaceted problems of child poverty.
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Child Poverty, the Grim Legacy of DenialAbe Aya

Foreign tourists visiting Japan see clean, safe city streets filled with neat, well-dressed people. They encounter almost none of the familiar signs of urban poverty, such as slums decorated with gang-related graffiti or homeless people begging in the streets. These outward appearances have helped maintain Japan’s international reputation for economic fairness and equality. It is an image the Japa…
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The Plight of Japan’s Single MothersAkaishi Chieko

The number of single mothers in Japan is on the rise, and half of all fatherless families fall below the poverty line. Akaishi Chieko shines a light on a segment of Japanese society in which the old problem of gender discrimination converges with the new problem of growing poverty and income inequality.
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Kawasaki Youth’s Murder Exposes Japan’s Social and Policy Failings in Coping with ImmigrationSugiyama Haru

The brutal murder of a junior high school student in Kawasaki stunned Japan. As more information came to light about the victim and his alleged assailants, it revealed profound rifts in the fabric of Japanese society. This incident has cast a glaring light on shortcomings in Japan’s capacity for adequately dealing with the issues of single-parent households, poverty, and immigration.
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Policy Fixes Needed for Japan’s Elderly WomenHiguchi Keiko

Japanese women confront three major hurdles to pursuing a career during their lifetime. Using data, Higuchi Keiko, an expert on women’s issues, highlights the financial and social challenges women continue to face in Japan’s graying society.
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Wrestling with Poverty and Income InequalityKomamura Kōhei

Japan is not the only industrialized nation that has seen an increase in income inequality in the past few decades, but it is one of the few countries where the poor are actually getting poorer. Komamura Kōhei draws on hard data to document this trend while examining its social and policy implications.
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Japan’s Worsening Poverty Rate

With the third largest economy in the world, Japan has a reputation as a wealthy and egalitarian country. However, income divides are widening and the days of “a hundred million people, all middle class” are long gone. The economic woes of the post-bubble era have brought Japan one of the highest relative poverty rates for any developed country.
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The Growing Ranks of Japan’s “Mellow Rebels”

The yankī (delinquent youth) of Japan today have grown soft. These “mild yankees” are socially conservative, notes Harada Yōhei, the author of Yankī Keizai (Yankee Economics), but are not politically so, correcting a misconception that they are behind the recent spate of hate speech protests.
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