of support for (elderly members of the public) and should no longer be the object of a political dispute,” Nakagawa said in referring to the no-confidence motion threat.

According to Nakagawa, the relief bill focuses on one point — removing the five-year statute of limitations on pension payments that prevents people from receiving money owed to them more than five years ago.

The pension fiasco “was caused by government negligence,” Nakagawa said. The agency officials “were working under an irresponsible and sloppy public service system, not doing the actual work they were supposed to be doing,” he said.

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