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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.
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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