April 10, 2014


Japan Ranks Sixth in Child Overall Well-being, but 21st in Material Well-being

Keywords: NGO / Citizen Well-Being 

Graph: Relative child poverty rates
Relative child poverty rates
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National Institute of Population and Social Security Research in Japan published "Report Card 11 Child Well-being in Rich Countries: Comparing Japan" in collaboration with UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti, Florence, Italy on December 25, 2013. According to the report, overall well-being of Japanese children is ranked sixth among 31 countries, after the Netherlands, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

The report assessed children's well-being in five categories; material well-being, health and safety, education, behavior and risks in daily life, and housing and environment.

While Japan ranked top in education and behavior and risks in daily life, it ranked tenth in housing and environment, 16th in health and safety and 21st in material well-being. The results demonstrate the extent of child poverty in Japan.

A report published in April 2013, a resource for the abovementioned report, thoroughly compares situations in each country and concludes that child poverty in developed countries is not inevitable, but is susceptible to national policies. In Japan, the "Law to Promote Counter Measures against Children's Poverty" was enacted in June 2013.