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As Japanese society ages and the government cuts social welfare spending, older women are bracing for the impact.

“The only people who can enjoy living until 100 are those who have enough money and family,” said Setsuko Betsui, a 78-year-old woman living in Saitama, who gets by on ¥120,000 ($1,077) a month in benefits. “I’d rather die in two years.”

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