Feb 10, 2014

Nuclear power remains an issue

Apparently Tokyoites want their new governor, Yoichi Masuzoe, to give full play to his experience as head of a social welfare ministry in improving the well-being of Tokyo residents.

Reform plan no remedy for health care

Aug 23, 2013

Reform plan no remedy for health care

by Ayako Mie

Japan has been resorting to patchwork reforms over the past decade to prevent the health care system from collapsing as a rapidly graying society demands more funds from an ever-shrinking pool of tax revenue. Despite improvements, the outline of the government’s latest reform plan, ...

Aug 8, 2013

Social welfare reforms

A government panel's report on social welfare reform includes many issues that must be resolved, including how to cut costs without compromising the quality of health care.

Abe seen set to squeeze the poor

Jul 24, 2013

Abe seen set to squeeze the poor

by Tomohiro Osaki

Mammoth cuts in welfare benefits starting next month point to the government’s desire to skimp on social security and instead boost military capabilities in hopes of fighting alongside the United States, according to veteran lawyer Kenji Utsunomiya. Noting the government of Prime Minister Shinzo ...