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Monday, November 21, 2016, 15:00 - 16:30

Japan ranked 34th out of 41 OECD countries in the UN body's report.

Yasushi Aoto, Chairman of the Japan Association of Child Poverty & Education Support Organizations

Chieko Kuribayashi, Chief Director of NPO "Toshima Kodomo WAKUWAKU Network"

Charles E. McJilton, Founder of Second Harvest Japan

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.

 

Many people find it hard to believe that a large and growing number of children are living in relative poverty in Japan, the world’s third-biggest economy.

Policymakers, campaigners and experts have begun debating the causes of child poverty – and possible solutions – amid international comparisons that cast Japan in a poor light and highlight the toll "Abenomics" is taking on low-income families.

In April this year, a UNICEF report said children from Japan's poorest households are much more disadvantaged than their counterparts in many other industrialized countries. Japan ranked 34th out of 41 OECD countries in the UN body's report.

The problem, which disproportionately affects single-parent households, has sparked a dramatic rise in the number of kodomo shokudo – or children's cafeterias – where volunteers cook and serve cheap meals to parents and children from households that are struggling to make ends meet.

Part of kodomo shokudo, Toshima Kodomo WAKUWAKU Network offers free after-school and evening programs, including meals, a couple of times a week to around 50 children in an underprivileged neighbourhood of Tokyo.

Chieko Kuribayashi of Toshima Kodomo WAKUWAKU Network, Yasushi Aoto, chairman of the Japan Association of Child Poverty and Education Support Organizations and Charles E. McJilton, Founder of Second Harvest Japan, will come to the FCCJ to discuss this critical issue facing the administration of Shinzo Abe.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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Yasushi Aoto                      Chieko Kuribayashi            Charles E. McJilton

 

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