Aug 6, 2014

Number of households on welfare hits record high in May

The number of households on welfare in Japan hit a record high of 1,603,093 in May, up 2,852 from the previous month, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said on Wednesday. The rise came as a growing number of single-person elderly households, or people ...

Most shared Japan Times stories from July

Aug 4, 2014

Most shared Japan Times stories from July

In case you missed them, here are the most shared stories from The Japan Times for July 2014. The top 10 most shared new stories Welfare ruling stuns foreigners The landmark decision by the Supreme Court that permanent foreign residents of Japan are not ...

Jul 30, 2014

Ministry panel agrees on ¥16 hike in minimum wage

A subcommittee of a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry panel recommended Tuesday that the country’s minimum hourly wage for fiscal 2014, which ends in March 2015, be raised by ¥16 on average from the previous year. The minimum wage will average ¥780 if the ...

Ruling hinged on assistance law revamp: summary

Jul 25, 2014

Ruling hinged on assistance law revamp: summary

The following is a rough translation of the text of Supreme Court’s July 18 ruling that found permanent residents ineligible for welfare payments. [FACTS DETERMINED BY THE FUKUOKA HIGH COURT] The old Public Assistance Law (abolished in 1950) stated, in Article 1: “This law ...

Dec 7, 2013

Revised law toughens penalties for welfare cheats

The Diet on Friday enacted the revised daily life protection law, which includes tougher punishment for those who fraudulently claim benefits while also seeking to shift some of the state’s financial burden onto relatives of claimants. It was the first significant revision of the ...

Nov 18, 2013

Stop squeezing the poor

If a bill revising the Livelihood Protection Law passes, it will lead to more deaths from hunger and suicide. The Abe administration should stop squeezing the poor.