Voices | VIEWS FROM THE STREET

How do you feel about paying into Japan's national health and pension programs?

by Arthur O'keefe

Surender Kumar, 46
Chef (Indian) —not enrolled in social insurance programs

Of course I would like to join the Japanese national pension system, for my future. Everybody wants that.


Joseph Abasio, 28
Teacher (British) — not enrolled
The whole pension system is a mess. I doubt that foreigners are a priority and I don’t think they’ll get anything come retirement.


Alicia Marie Docks, 27
Temp — not enrolled
I’m not confident about the pension system, but if I enroll and then move back to the U.S., the benefits would transfer into the U.S. system, which I have more confidence in.


Thomas Blaseiwicz, 53
Acupuncturist (German) — enrolled
I’ve heard that those in charge of our pension cash have gambled a lot of money on the markets, so I don’t feel assured of receiving future benefits.


Veronika, 24
Student (Hungarian)
I’ve grown up here, and I’m willing to pay into the system once I start working. But I also have doubts about whether I’ll be able to receive benefits in the future.


Gary Wilson, 46
School owner (U.K.) — enrolled
By the time I retire, I don’t expect to be able to receive any pension benefits. I’m making my own arrangements for my pension.