A government panel has submitted a report to Prime Minister Taro Aso calling for a sustainable society in which people enjoy the fruit of their social security benefits and feel secure about their lives. The report stresses the importance of the reliable government policy needed to build such a society by 2035. Thus adequate support must be provided in the fields of (1) employment, (2) child rearing, (3) education, (4) medical services and (5) pensions/nursing care.

It is noteworthy that the panel clearly stated that the current social security system is slanted toward helping the elderly and that it called for improving social benefits for the working population.

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