The New Workplace in Japan

Skills for a Strong Recovery

In the context of a rapidly changing world of work, the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened pre-existing challenges to Japan’s adult learning system and raised new ones. This report examines how skill requirements have been evolving in Japan prior to and during the COVID-19 crisis. It examines changes in the skills composition of Japan’s workforce as well as policy efforts to improve the accessibility of career guidance, broaden training participation and foster the adoption of teleworking practices. The report also provides concrete recommendations to tackle inequalities in skills and training among socio-demographic groups. Finally, it provides suggestions for how to develop a labour market information system to feed real-time data into crucial policy and decision-making processes.

Available from September 27, 2022

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Executive summary
How the labour market and skills needs in Japan are changing during the COVID‑19 crisis
The policy response of the Japanese Government during the pandemic
Looking ahead: Innovative skills policies for a strong recovery
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