May 18, 2015

'War orphans' from China to be surveyed this fall

by Tomohiro Osaki

The government will conduct a comprehensive survey this fall on the latest living conditions of war-displaced Japanese orphans repatriated from China and their descendants, with the aim of easing their educational and financial difficulties, a welfare ministry official said Monday. The move will mark ...

Jan 13, 2015

Major revamp planned for national health insurance program

The Abe administration has decided on a plan to overhaul the national medical insurance system, in part by shifting responsibility from municipal to prefectural governments. Many small municipal-level insurance unions currently operate in the red. The reform, which is to take effect in 2018, ...

Gaffe-prone Aso takes aim at young people without kids

Dec 8, 2014

Gaffe-prone Aso takes aim at young people without kids

After telling Japan’s growing ranks of elderly they should “hurry up and die,” Finance Minister Taro Aso has turned his well-oiled gaffe gun on “people who don’t give birth.” The former prime minister said pensioners are not to blame for the spiraling social welfare ...