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  • 13-April-2021

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    Mission-oriented innovation policy in Japan - Challenges, opportunities and future options

    This report assesses the potential for mission-oriented innovation policies (MOIPs) to contribute to the sustainable transition in Japan, and examines the challenges and opportunities that MOIPs would present. As part of a series of MOIP national case studies, the report finds that the ongoing ambitious and top-down MOIPs led by the center-of-government build upon a long history of proactive and goal-oriented policy intervention. MOIPs in Japan are the latest step of decades of efforts to reduce the fragmentation and lack of holistic coordination of Japan’s science, technology and innovation policy in order to proactively address societal challenges. Available evaluations of these policies demonstrate very encouraging results in that regards. The study concludes with recommendations to pursue these efforts, including by mainstreaming these policy initiatives across the government structure and complementing them with more bottom-up challenge-based initiatives.
  • 12-October-2020

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    OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Japan 2020

    The OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts reviews of the individual development co‑operation efforts of DAC members once every five to six years. DAC peer reviews critically examine the overall performance of a given member, not just that of its development co‑operation agency, covering its policy, programmes and systems. They take an integrated, system‑wide perspective on the development co‑operation activities of the member under review and its approach to fragility, crisis and humanitarian assistance. Japan combines diplomatic, peace and development efforts to achieve sustainable development and implements the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a whole-of-society approach. It values self-reliant development, country ownership and the mutual benefits of development co-operation for Japan and its partner countries. Japan is recognised as a global champion of disaster risk reduction. Increasing official development assistance could strengthen Japan's leadership and commitment to the SDGs and a mechanism would help ensure coherence between domestic policies and global sustainable development objectives. Whole-of-government country policies would ensure synergies across Japan's portfolio and it could be more explicit about how programmes reduce poverty. More streamlined systems and procedures would make Japan a more agile donor.
  • 20-August-2020

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    Structural adjustment and changes to employment use in Japan

    This paper examines the determinants of structural adjustment in Japan and identifies several factors that explain the use of certain employment types. Its findings are based on a novel plant-level dataset that provides considerable detail on the types of employees used by Japanese manufacturers between 2001 and 2014. Analysis of this dataset shows that growth in the diffusion of robotics is linked to fewer non-regular employees, which seems to be partially driven by the positive association between robot adoption and the dismissal of certain types of non-regular workers. It also finds that offshoring from Japan to other countries contributes to the use of both regular and non-regular workers, while higher plant productivity is related to the use of more regular workers. Finally, establishments that experienced job dismissals appear to substitute non-regular workers for regular workers.
  • 7-July-2020

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    OECD Employment Outlook 2020 - Key findings for Japan

    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.

  • 24-June-2020

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    Over the Rainbow? The Road to LGBTI Inclusion - How does Japan compare?

    This note provides a comprehensive overview of the extent to which laws in Japan and OECD countries ensure equal treatment of LGBTI people, and of the complementary policies that could help foster LGBTI inclusion.

  • 9-March-2020

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    How's life in Japan?

    This note presents selected findings based on the set of well-being indicators published in How's Life? 2020.

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  • 14-November-2019

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    Government at a Glance

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  • 7-November-2019

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    Health at a Glance 2019: Key findings for Japan - In English

    Japan displays many excellent indicators of population health, including the highest life expectancy in the world. Still, many people are pessimistic about their health – 14% of adults rate their own health poorly – though this partly reflects linguo-cultural differences. Most people lead healthy lifestyles, with low rates of alcohol consumption and the lowest share of adults overweight or obese.

  • 7-November-2019

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    図表でみる医療 2019 - 日本 : どのように比較されるか?

    日本は世界で最も平均寿命が長いなど、健康状態において優れた指標を多く有している。それでも多くの国民が健康に関して悲観的であり、14%の成人が自分は不健康であると評価している。しかしながらこれは言語文化の違いを反映しているとも言える。自殺率も比較的高いが(OECD諸国中6番目に高い)、徐々に減少してきている。

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