Looks like we can continue to count on Japanese pop media to deal with the subject of young social drop outs as the issue continues to become more pronounced. According to a white paper, the number of Japan's young people not in education, employment or training, or NEETs, continued to rise in 2012.
The cabinet study reports that NEETs accounted for 2.3 percent of people aged between 15 and 35, the highest figure since comparable data became available in 1995. Year on year, the ratio rose 0.1 point.
At the same time, there has been an improvement in the overall employment situation, with the jobless rate for young people continuing its downtrend. “There should be measures to help young people demonstrate their abilities in society,” said the Cabinet Office, which compiled the annual report.