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Labour Market Policy Developments in Japan: Following an Australian Lead?

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Abstract

In recent times, Japan has experienced a rapid expansion in its service sector, increases in casual and part-time employment and record unemployment. In addition, there has been an associated rise of freeters and NEETs—predominantly young workers with tenuous labour market attachment. While somewhat slow in initiating policy responses, the Japanese government responded to these structural changes by reforming its existing employment policies. In this article we argue that recent changes in the nature of Japan's labour market policies appear to have been driven by some of the same factors which led to the radical overhaul of Australia's own labour market policies.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Faculty of Business, Bond University; and Department of Economics, Nanzan University and Faculty of Business, Bond University, respectively

Publication date: December 1, 2005

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