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The premium collection rate under Japan’s kokumin nenkin national pension program came to 69.3 percent in fiscal 2019, which ended last March, up 1.1 percentage points from the previous year, the welfare ministry said Monday.

The collection rate marked its eighth straight year of increase, rising 10.7 points from the record low of 58.6 percent recorded in fiscal 2011.

The improvement apparently reflected efforts by the ministry to collect premiums, officials said.

By generation, the collection rate was highest among those aged between 55 and 59, at 77.7 percent, and lowest among those aged between 25 and 29, at 57.1 percent.

By prefecture, the rate was highest in Shimane, at 81.5 percent, followed by Toyama and Niigata, both at 81.3 percent. The rate was lowest in Okinawa, at 55.4 percent, followed by Osaka, at 61.0 percent, and Tokyo, at 64.8 percent.

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