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Japan Govt to Conduct 1st National Survey on Child Poverty

Japan Govt to Conduct 1st National Survey on Child Poverty

   Tokyo, Aug. 13 (Jiji Press)--Japan's government has begun preparations for carrying out in fiscal 2020 a nationwide survey using unified indicators to accurately figure out child poverty and related issues.
   The first national survey focusing on child poverty is aimed at making it easier to conduct comparative analysis among the country's 47 prefectures.
   The Cabinet Office will seek funds for the survey under the government's fiscal 2020 budget, informed sources said.
   The move comes after the Diet, Japan's parliament, enacted an amendment to the law to combat child poverty in June. The revised law requires municipalities, on top of prefectural governments, to make efforts to draw up measures to fight child poverty.
   The average national poverty rate can already be derived from the results of the internal affairs ministry's national consumption data and the welfare ministry's comprehensive survey on living conditions. However, the sample sizes of the surveys are limited and therefore do not allow for detailed, prefecture-level analysis, according to the sources.

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