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Young Japanese workers cry out in alarm

Quote of the week:

Policy makers should remember that the future competitiveness and sustainable development of their societies depends on creating opportunities for young people today,” said Sachiko Yamamoto, ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific.

Young people bring energy, new skills and innovation, but without decent opportunities for work they cannot apply these talents. If discouragement leads to young people not fulfilling their potential then we all loose – individuals, families and societies as a whole”.

The above quote resonates with the fears and suspicions of young Japanese workers who find themselves trapped in their country’s “outdated, one-size-fits-all employment system”.

“There is a mismatch between the old system and the young generations,” said Yuki Honda, a professor of education at the University of Tokyo. “Many young Japanese don’t want the same work-dominated lifestyles of their parents’ generation, but they have no choices.”

Click here for more as reported by the New York Times.

Click here for the source of the above quote.

See also The downside of being young.

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Posted in SEASON'S GREETINGS by Faezah Ismail on January 1, 2011


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