• Kyodo News


Welfare minister Akira Nagatsuma will request ¥200 billion in the fiscal 2010 budget to fix the pension record disaster, up sevenfold from the ¥28.4 billion earmarked in the initial budget for fiscal 2009, sources said Wednesday.

The request will be included in the budget that the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry submits to the Finance Ministry on Oct. 15 as part of a budget review ordered by the administration of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama in late September.

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