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The average monthly decline in hours worked in Japan was 7.9% in the first three months of the COVID-19 crisis, compared to a decline of 2.6% during a comparable period in the the Global Financial Crisis. While the decline was smaller than in some other countries, total hours worked in April were almost 19% below their peak at the end of 2019.
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The tax wedge for the average single worker in Japan remained the same at 32.7 percentage points between 2018 and 2019. The OECD average tax wedge in 2019 was 36.0 (2018, 36.1).
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This note presents selected findings based on the set of well-being indicators published in How's Life? 2020.