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Helping Japan's 'lost generation' is chance to change whole country

We need to acknowledge role of luck in shaping lives and be more inclusive

| Japan
University students attend a career fair in Tokyo in October 1993: the unlucky members of the lost generation did not bring about their fate on their own.

In August, the Japanese government announced it would assist one million members of the so-called "lost generation" -- around 17 million people now aged between their mid-thirties and mid-forties -- with their job search by providing subsidies and commission-based bonuses to private recruiting agencies.

The lost generation entered the workforce in the decade starting from the middle of the 1990s, just as the domestic economy nose-dived when the bubble economy burst. This threw them into a glacial job market, which supplied another name, the "glacier generation" -- from hyogaki sedai, or "ice age" in Japanese.

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