In October 2011, a new system started to help job seekers not covered by unemployment insurance. Under this system, unemployed people who have registered themselves with public employment security offices (PESOs) and meet certain conditions can join job training courses for up to two years while receiving ¥100,000 per month as well as a transportation allowance.

For fiscal 2011 ending at the end of March 2012, the government has a budget large enough to cover 126,000 unemployed people in this system. It has so far officially recognized job-training courses for some 45,000 people as suitable for the system. The system is aimed at helping unemployed people who were never covered by unemployment insurance, unemployed people whose unemployment insurance coverage has expired, self-employed people who were forced to shutter their businesses and recent school graduates who have been unable to find work.

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