National Sep 18, 2013

Complaints flow over welfare benefit cuts

Welfare recipients are asking local governments to reverse the benefit cuts launched in August, with at least 500 people filing requests in Tokyo alone on Tuesday. Appeals were lodged in 24 other prefectures, advocacy groups said, adding that they expect more than 7,600 requests to ...

Welfare rise: sign of economic, aging times

Reference | EXPLAINER Jul 5, 2011

Welfare rise: sign of economic, aging times

by Setsuko Kamiya

The Constitution guarantees all citizens the right to maintain the minimum standard of wholesome and cultured living. Thus to help those struggling to make ends meet, the government provides financial aid according to poverty level while encouraging them to get back on their feet. Recent ...