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Work-Centered Welfare for the Twenty-First CenturyMiyamoto Tarō

Poverty and economic inequities are mounting in Japan, even as social security outlays balloon. Miyamoto Tarō calls for a new model social security centered on employment to address the needs of Japan’s working-age population in an era of labor mobility.

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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