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Jun 3, 2015

Number of welfare recipients in Japan hits record high

The number of welfare recipients totaled 2,174,331 in March, up 5,166 from the previous month, surpassing a record reached a year earlier, the welfare ministry said Wednesday. The number of households receiving welfare also hit a record of 1,622,458 in the month, up 3,773, ...

Jun 2, 2015

Pension system hack sparks worries over My Number initiative

The revelation that the nation’s pension system has been hacked on an unprecedented scale may affect ongoing Diet deliberations on a bill to assign citizens individual numbers to improve social security management. The Japan Pension Service said during a hastily arranged news conference Monday ...