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A record number of over 2 million people were living on welfare as of July amid prolonged economic stagnation, surpassing the highest-ever monthly average logged 60 years ago in the aftermath of World War II, the welfare ministry said Wednesday.

The number of welfare recipients in July totaled 2,050,495, up 8,903 from the previous month, and is expected to continue to rise given the nation’s aging population and the impact of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis. The previous record was 2,046,646 in fiscal 1951.

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