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 ...

Dec 5, 2014

Keep safety nets in place

Postponement of the consumption tax rate hike must not be used as an excuse to reduce funding of social security programs for low-income people, children from poor families and child-rearing households.

Oct 24, 2014

U.S. lawmakers seek to end benefits to former Nazis

Legislation to stop suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. government pension benefits will be introduced soon, members of Congress announced Thursday, the latest response to an Associated Press investigation that revealed millions of dollars have been paid to former Nazis who were forced ...

May 18, 2014

Boosting the female workforce

The Abe administration is pushing for a review of household tax and social security benefits under the belief that current rules discourage many women from participating in the labor force — even as the nation faces a steep decline in its working-age population.

May 8, 2014

The changing face of society

It is important that Japan reform its employment systems and social security programs so that it can better cope with the shrinking labor supply and the needs of the 65-and-over crowd, now more than one-quarter of the population.

Jan 25, 2013

Address shows Obama is playing make-believe

by Robert J. Samuelson

There was a make-believe quality to U.S. President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address, as if all that’s required to solve serious problems are the intelligence to produce proper policies and the political grit to get them approved. Perish the thought that there are deep ...