Japan to Support Nonregular Workers in Their 30s, 40s

Politics

Tokyo, April 11 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government has decided to draw up a program aimed at facilitating stable employment of nonregular workers in their 30s and 40s who were unable to obtain regular positions upon graduation from universities or other educational institutions due to the tough job market at the time.

Under the program, the government will intensively provide support to such workers in the next three years or so. The decision was made at Wednesday's a meeting of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy.

The government is concerned that if the number of nonregular workers and jobless people remains high, that would lead to an increase in social security costs in the future and hamper an improvement in productivity of the Japanese economy.

It hopes to boost economic growth by helping those workers secure stable jobs and correct income gaps.

"We'll figure out the number of people in need of support in each region and tackle the problem by setting numerical targets," Abe told the meeting. He instructed ministers concerned to speed up efforts to come up with concrete measures for inclusion in the government's economic and fiscal policy guidelines, slated to be drawn up this summer.

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