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Sunday, November 08, 2015

Japan News This Week 8 November 2015


Japan News.
Auto Parts Supplier Takata Fined $70 Million For Defective Airbags
New York Times

Japan same-sex couples recognised in two Tokyo districts

Made in Japan: the true birthplace of modern art

More bathhouses allowing tattooed patrons, provided body art is ‘patched
Japan Times

The People's Police: The Tokyo Police Museum's Version of History
Japan Focus

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Japan's poverty rate is the fourth highest among OECD countries.

"The nation’s poverty rate is high compared with other developed countries. Statistics from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development show that in the mid-2000s Japan’s relative poverty rate was fourth highest (15%) among the 30 OECD countries after Mexico (18.5%), Turkey (17.5%), and the United States (17%). The lowest rate was in Denmark (5%). Since around this time, Japan’s relative poverty rate has steadily increased. Today it remains well above the OECD average."

To paraphrase, Japan's poverty rate is three times Denmark's.

Source: Nippon.com

According to data compiled by the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, four out of ten of Japan's workers are non-full-time employees. For the first time, part-timers and temps accounted for 40% of the workforce.

Source: Asahi Shinbun

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