According to the presenter, Japan comes in second place among OECD member countries in terms of relative poverty, and like everywhere else in the world, it is the women here who are the "poorest of the poor." Watch to find out more.
EXPLANATION OF 'RELATIVE POVERTY':
The USA and Japan hold the leading positions among the world’s most industrially developed countries in terms of relative poverty. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the percentage of US families whose profit is lower than the average income makes up 13.7. The number of such families in Japan reaches 13.5 percent.
A report from the organization says that the USA and Japan cannot guarantee sufficient income to all citizens despite a high level of economic development. The two countries take the first and the second place respectively on the level of relative poverty. The notion of ‘relative poverty’ defines a part of population receiving less than 50 percent of the average income in a country.
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