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


  • Noel Gaston
  • Tomoko Kishi


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. Copyright 2005 The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research.

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  • Noel Gaston & Tomoko Kishi, 2005. "Labour Market Policy Developments in Japan: Following an Australian Lead?," Australian Economic Review, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, vol. 38(4), pages 389-404, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ausecr:v:38:y:2005:i:4:p:389-404

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    1. Hanna Jung & Joonmo Cho, 2016. "Quality of Jobs for Female Workers: A Comparative Study of South Korea and Australia," Applied Research in Quality of Life, Springer;International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, vol. 11(1), pages 1-22, March.
    2. Tomoko Kishi & Noel Gaston, 2010. "Labor Market Transitions for Female Workers in Japan: The Role of Global Competition," Chapters,in: Globalization and Economic Integration, chapter 11 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    3. Gaston, Noel & Kishi, Tomoko, 2007. "Part-time workers doing full-time work in Japan," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 21(4), pages 435-454, December.
    4. Joseph Anthony Mauro & Sophie Mitra, 2015. "Understanding Out-of-Work and Out-of-School Youth in Europe and Central Asia," World Bank Other Operational Studies 22806, The World Bank.

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