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Children of AusterityImpact of the Great Recession on Child Poverty in Rich Countries$
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Bea Cantillon, Yekaterina Chzhen, Sudhanshu Handa, and Brian Nolan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198797968

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198797968.001.0001

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The Recession and the Policy Response for Child Poverty in Japan

The Recession and the Policy Response for Child Poverty in Japan

(p.191) 9 The Recession and the Policy Response for Child Poverty in Japan
Children of Austerity

Aya K. Abe

Oxford University Press

The purpose of this chapter is to describe how the economic crisis affected children and how the government of Japan responded to mitigate the impact on children. The economic crisis worsened child poverty not by increasing worklessness, but rather by decreasing income of those who had poor-quality jobs. However, the crisis brought about an abrupt change in the government. Even though it was short-lived, the new government put in place some measures to mitigate the impact of the crisis and it seems to have had some success in doing so. There was an improvement in child poverty rate as well as in child deprivation. In a way, Japan presents a unique case study in that the economic crisis did trigger some positive changes in the protection of child well-being.

Keywords:   Japan, child poverty, economic crisis, child allowance, universal child benefit

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