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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 total population, fell 0.5 percentage point to 15.6% in 2015, according to the Health, Labor, and Welfare Ministry’s national livelihood survey.

In 2015, people with a disposable income of less than 1.22 million yen fell under this category in Japan.

The poverty rate was higher than the OECD average of 11.4% for 2013, indicating that Japan’s economic disparity remains large among advanced nations.

The child poverty rate, or the proportion of children aged 17 or younger in such low-income households, fell 2.4 points to 13.9%, the survey showed.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

  • [2017.06.27]
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