National Youth Development Policy

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7. Frameworks for Promoting the Measures

(1) Coordination and cooperation between the administrative organs concerned

In order to comprehensively and effectively promote the measures under this Policy, close coordination and cooperation will be achieved between the administrative organs concerned under the leadership of Prime Minister, with the Headquarters for Youth Development playing the central role, and the respective measures will be sufficiently coordinated with each other.

In addition, the measures will be promoted also by paying attention to coordination with the related fields, such as measures on gender equality, on a society with fewer children, and on people with disabilities.

(2) Coordination and cooperation with local governments and private bodies including youth

With regard to the actions toward the sound development of youth that deeply involve the overall society, including families, schools, workplaces, and communities, in order to make them more extensive and founded on national understanding, it will be necessary to promote coordination and cooperation with local governments, private bodies (such as youth organizations and nonprofit organizations), and companies. When coordinating and cooperating with them, the government will play its own role by first respecting the efforts of the people surrounding youth, private bodies, and local governments.

As a measure to promote the public effort, support will be provided so as to develop a national movement for the sound development of youth that meets the demands of the times, with the participation of people from various fields and generations.

Efforts for the sound development of youth that match the actual situation of the local area will be promoted by utilizing the system of special structural reform areas.

(3) International coordination and cooperation
(i) Cooperating with the efforts of international organizations

While actively participating in the actions of international organizations, such as the United Nations, with respect to conventions and action plans for youth, international cooperation will also be promoted through interchanges.

(ii) Gathering and sending out information

While making an effort to gather and provide information on the current status of measures for the development of youth implemented in various countries, information on Japan's domestic measures will also be sent overseas.

(4) Disclosing information and reflecting the opinions of citizens including youth in the measures

While disclosing information on the measures for the development of youth, the opinions of citizens including youth will be appropriately gathered, and efforts will be made to reflect those opinions in planning, drawing out, and implementing future measures.

(5) Policy evaluation and investigation of the impacts

The effects of the measures for the development of youth will be evaluated, and the impacts that the government's other measures have on the sound development of youth will be investigated as reference for planning, drawing out, and implementing effective measures.

(6) Reviewing the Policy

This Policy will be reviewed in approximately five years.

1 The definition of youth used in this document is as shown below.
Youth: The generic term for both children and young people (From birth until around the end of their twenties)
Adults: People who have grown out of youth
Children: Infants (before compulsory education) and elementary school-aged children
Young people: Adolescents (from lower secondary school to age 18) and young adults (from around age 18 until around the end of their twenties)
* In cases where certain terms are specified in laws to refer to specific groups of young people, those terms are used in this document when appropriate.

2 The dual system is a practical capacity-building system used in Germany, which combines training at companies and learning at vocational schools.

3 Media literacy is an organic combination of the following abilities, which complement each other: (i) the ability to independently comprehend media; (ii) the ability to access and utilize media; and (iii) the ability to communicate via media, particularly the ability to interactively communicate with the readers of information.

4 Career consulting is consultation provided on request of workers to help them design their own work styles according to their aptitudes and career backgrounds, and effectively select jobs or develop occupational skills, such as taking vocational training (a career consultant is a person who takes care of such consultation).

5 The grade point system is a system in which: (i) a student's grade for each class he/she has taken is evaluated in five levels (A, B, C, D, and F); (ii) each level is given a grade point, which is 4, 3, 2, 1, and 0 respectively; (iii) the average grade is obtained by dividing the total grade points by the number of credits; and (iv) a certain number of grade points is required for graduating from school.


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