April 17, 2006


Action Plan for Supporting NEETs Revised

Keywords: Diversity Government Policy / Systems 

Japan's Youth Independence and Challenge Action Plan was revised at the 10th Youth Independence and Challenge Strategy Conference held in January 2006. The conference was jointly organized by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; the Cabinet Office; and the Cabinet Secretariat.

The revised plan provides detailed measures in accordance with individual situations to help job-hopping part-timers find regular jobs, support NEETs (people who are not in education, employment or training) to be self-sufficient, and help young people develop an appropriate attitude towards careers and place emphasis on systematic human resource development from elementary through higher education. For these purposes, 76.1 billion yen (about US$ 650 million) is expected to be allocated for fiscal 2006.

The conference has been held 10 times since fiscal 2004 to promote the independence of young people in view of the fact that the number of job-hopping part-timers increased by 1 million and NEETs by 240,000 during the past 10 years. The revised plan consists of six pillars based on the 2005 plan. The first pillar is to promote regular employment of 250,000 part-timers by providing such measures as the establishment of "job cafes" (one-stop placement centers), information counters for them at public job placement offices as well as e-learning training and internship courses for farm employment.

Other measures include efforts to spread the use of the "Job Passport," which shows a record of a youth's volunteer activities when seeking a job, to support learning opportunities for NEETs, to give junior high school students the opportunity to experience work as a part of systematic career education starting from the compulsory education level, and to act as an intermediary between local industries and young people. These efforts are to be based on close cooperation among the related parties, regional autonomy and diversity.


Posted: 2006/04/17 12:02:02 PM
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