Jul 1, 2015

Number of households on welfare in Japan fell in April

The number of households on welfare in Japan decreased 1,534 from the month earlier to 1,620,924 in April, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Wednesday. The number of welfare recipients fell 10,917 to 2,163,414. Both figures had risen in March. The number ...

Jun 15, 2015

Migration of elderly residents

Should the government promote the migration of the greater Tokyo area's elderly residents to rural parts of the country to avert a crisis in welfare services for senior citizens?

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, ...

May 18, 2015

'War orphans' from China to be surveyed this fall

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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, ...