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A number of countries in Asia - see left-hand menu - have conducted research into relative poverty using the consensual, or similar, method. These studies have found strong evidence that people support a relativist view of poverty that sees deprivation as going beyond basic needs to a wide range of items and activites reflecting  what is needed in the contemporary world. They have also brought different groups into focus as in need of policy intervention.

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The “invisibility” of poverty in Japanese society has long been one of the reasons for the underestimation of this social issue by the authorities. Find out more from this recent lecture organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.

South Korea: children on bicycles in Yeouido Park in Seoul

A new study using a combined income and material deprivation poverty line found that around 10% of the child population in South Korea are in poverty. This is twice the rate of the official Korean child poverty rate which is based only on household income and suggests that conventional income only measures...

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Research into attitudes to necessities in Japan suggests that the Japanese public tends to have a more restrictive notion of what a minimum standard of living should encompass than in the UK. Nevertheless, there was also evidence of a consensus on the majority of adult items in terms of whether they constituted necessities or not. Read more.