Information about Poverty in Japan

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Economic Study about Japan by the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) (English)

The ration of non-regular worker rose from 19% in 1996 to 30% in 2006. The average hourly wage of part time workers is only 40% that of full time employees.

Income Redistribution Comparison:
Japan differs from other participating OECD countries in that child poverty increases to 14% after income redistribution, and in doing so, surpasses the OCED average.

In addition, the reported poverty statistics for Japanese single parent households in which the parent is employed are 50%. (2000) The OECD average for single parent households living in poverty is only 20%.

Information about Poverty in the Elderly Community

40% have a monthly income of 100,000 yen. 30% do not leave their houses.

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