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  • 9-August-2017

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    Masamichi Kono, Deputy Secretary-General

    Mr. Masamichi Kono was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD in August 2017. His portfolio includes the strategic direction of OECD policy on Environment, Financial and Enterprise Affairs & Anti-Corruption, Green Growth and Taxation along with representing the OECD at the Financial Stability Board meetings.

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  • 20-July-2017

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    Falls in tax revenue weaken domestic resource mobilisation in developing Asia

    The fourth annual edition of Revenue Statistics in Asian Countries covers seven countries, including Kazakhstan for the first time. It shows that the tax-to-GDP ratio in all these countries are lower than the OECD average of 34.3% in 2015, which highlights that scope remains for increasing tax mobilisation, especially in Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia and the Philippines to achieve sustainable growth.

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  • 13-June-2017

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    OECD Employment Outlook 2017 - Key findings for Japan

    The negative impact of the economic crisis on employment was smaller in Japan than most other OECD countries. The short-time work scheme contributed to the greater resilience of the Japanese labour market. Unemployment in Japan has fallen continuously since the crisis, reaching just 2.8%, of the labour force in March and April, its lowest level in more than 22 years.

  • 29-May-2017

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    Japan should do more to help young people take part in the labour market

    Japan should step up efforts to improve young people’s job prospects and reduce the share of 15-29 year-olds who are not in employment, education or training (the “NEETs”), according to a new OECD report.

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  • 11-May-2017

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    OECD appoints Masamichi Kono as Deputy Secretary-General

    The OECD has appointed Masamichi Kono as a Deputy Secretary-General. He will replace Rintaro Tamaki, who will be stepping down after six fruitful years in the post.

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  • 11-May-2017

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    A Decade of Social Protection Development in Selected Asian Countries

    Over the past ten years economic growth in Asia has contributed to a reduction of poverty as well as fertility rates, and greater prosperity has contributed to gains in life expectancy. However, at present many workers still work in informal employment, frequently for long hours at little pay and without social protection coverage. A growing demand for social support, extending the coverage of social protection benefits and improving the job quality of workers will be among Asia’s major challenges in future. This report considers these challenges, providing policy examples from countries to illustrate good practice, including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore and Viet Nam.

  • 14-April-2017

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    Japan Policy Brief: Improving the performance of Japan's SME sector

    Between 1999 and 2014, the number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Japan dropped by 21% as a result of the retirement of ageing business owners and weak entrepreneurial intentions in the Japanese population.

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  • 14-April-2017

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    Japan Policy Brief: Improving the labour market outcomes of women

    Facilitating female employment is particularly important given Japan’s shrinking and ageing population, which has already contributed to labour shortages.

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  • 14-April-2017

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    Japan Policy Brief: Strengthening innovation for productivity and greater wellbeing

    To improve productivity and help address socio-economic challenges, such as ageing, Japan needs to strengthen its innovation performance.

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  • 13-April-2017

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    Japan: Boost employment and productivity to promote inclusive growth and meet demographic challenges

    The Japanese economy has gained momentum and is creating jobs, according to a new OECD report. The latest OECD Economic Survey of Japan, presented in Tokyo by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, says that per capita growth rates in recent years have matched those across the OECD – a major improvement. The Survey underlines the key role Abenomics has played in the economic revival.

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