Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Far East 1956

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This latest edition of the Survey analyzes current economic and social developments in the region against the background of events in the world economy. It also focuses on the serios problems of growth and transformation of the area's least developed and Pacific Island developing economies.




The pressure of population on land in Japan, accentuated by the loss of territory and a net inflow of 5 million repatriates during 1945–1950, is being alleviated by birth control measures and by a rapid increase in industrial production. For the present, however, largely because of increased labour force participation, the country is confronted with a substantial problem of unemployment and underemployment. The new Five-Year Plan for economic self-support undertakes not only to sustain the rate of economic growth in general, but also to promote employment through the extension of public works and small and medium-sized industries.


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