Over 90% of People Have a Sense of Crisis Regarding the NEET Issue
— Nearly 90% of people think NEET will increase in Japan, and over 92% of respondents
said that the increase will strongly influence the society. —
November 1, 2004
Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.
Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. (NRI: Tokyo; Akihisa Fujinuma, President, CEO & COO) carried out an Internet questionnaire regarding NEET (not in education, employment or training) issue from October 18 to 20, 2004. The results showed that although the degree of recognition of the term "NEET" is currently not very high (16.9%), almost 87% believe NEET will increase in Japan, and that over 92% think that the increase will significantly influence the society.
NEET is defined as people who are not looking for work, attending school or in job training programs. The White Paper on the Labour Economy published by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in September 2004, calculated the number of young NEET accounted for under the definition "those among the non-labor force population, the number of non-working individuals between the ages of 15 and 34 (unmarried school graduates who neither help with the housework nor attend school)" as standing at an average of 520,000 in 2003; an increase of 40,000 persons over the previous year.
In the questionnaire responded to by 1,000 people, NRI inquired into the level of recognition of NEET, its influence on society, the cause of the increase, and measures that should be taken. The responses clarified the following points.
The results of the questionnaire showed that many people think that in facing an increase in NEET it is important to first face this problem at home, while at the same time recognizing the necessity of efforts by the public sector, such as support for employment and individual independence, and that urgent social countermeasures are hoped for. Based on the results of the questionnaire, it is apparent that an increase in NEET is a significant social issue in Japan, and rather than viewing it from the perspective of labor and educational problems, it is vital to identify it as a structural problem in regards to public safety, economic policies and improvement of the social security system, and to work on it accordingly.
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Date of survey: October 18 – 20, 2004
Survey method: Internet questionnaire survey (infoQ)
Number of responses: 1,000
(for attributes and other details, refer to: /english/opinion/nr/pdf/nr20041101.pdf)
Q1: Have you ever heard of the term "NEET"?
Q2: Do you think NEET will increase?
Q3: How do you feel about the increase in NEET over the past several years?
Q4: Where does the cause of the increase in NEET lie? (multiple choice)
Q5: What influence will the increase in NEET have on the society? (multiple choice)
Q6: What actions will you take if a family member or a friend is a NEET? (multiple choice)
Q7: What is the most vital measure to take toward NEET?
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