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April 16, 2009

Solution to Japan’s Jobless Problem: Send City Workers Back to the Land

Filed under: Japan — 7macaw @ 6:43 am
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As the global financial crisis sinks Japan into its worst recession since World War II and hundreds of thousands of jobs are slashed in factories and offices, farming has emerged as a promising new career track.

Seeing agriculture as one of the few industries that could generate jobs right now, the government has earmarked $10 million to send 900 people to job-training programs in farming, forestry and fishing.

Policy makers are hoping newly unemployed young people will help revive Japan’s dwindling farming population, where two in three full-time farmers are 65 or older. Of Japan’s total population, 6% work in agriculture, most doing so only part time, down from about 20% three decades ago.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

December 28, 2008

Japan’s industry, employment weaker

Filed under: FYI,General,Japan,unemployment — DF @ 11:04 pm
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According to CNN: “Japan’s industrial output took the largest drop in history in November over October, tumbling 8.1% – nearly double the previous record of 4.3% in January 2001, according to a report from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.”
“More than 2.5 million Japanese are out of work, the ministry said, and for every three people looking for a job, only 1.5 jobs are available. That ratio is the lowest in nearly 5 years.”

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