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Regarding Christina Tsuchida’s Nov. 8 letter, “Retreating from the car boom“: I have an opinion about Japan’s future that a lot of domestic and foreign media do not share. I believe that Japan still has an economic margin to stave off worse times ahead while it tries to find a way to improve society.

First, the Japanese social security system is so lenient toward “weak people” and so inflexible that it has become extremely wasteful and costly. If we could adjust this socialistic system into one whose costs are proportional to the size of a citizen’s purse, the government financial situation would dramatically improve.

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