Japan adopts guidelines on measures to reduce child poverty
Jiji Press -- Aug 30
The Japanese government adopted at a cabinet meeting Friday a set of guidelines for comprehensively promoting measures to reduce child poverty in Japan, which has grown into a serious problem in the advanced economy.

The guidelines are aimed at saving families trapped in a poverty cycle for generations.

Noting that the poverty facing Japanese children is particularly severe among advanced countries, the government pledged in the guidelines that it will create necessary environment and ensuring equal education opportunity so that family situations will not determine children's future.

The guidelines set 25 poverty-related indicators, including the employment rate of single parents and the percentage of children on welfare who go on to high school or college, and list concrete measures to support children. With the indicators, the government will check progress in implementing such measures.

「児童虐待」、「育児放棄」、「ネグレクト」、「教育格差」、「不登校」、「いじめ」­など。 こうした子どもをめぐる問題の背景には、必ずといっていいほど「貧困」という問題が潜­んでいます。

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