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P 7247 エッセイ:日本の年金(The Japan Times)

2010.11.06

AMY CHAVEZによる。

Today I'd like to explain to you Japan's pension program, where you put in ¥14,660 per month in the hopes that later when you retire, you will receive monthly payments of around ¥60,000 until the day you die. Or so the theory goes. Remember the chain letters that say if everyone sends a dollar to Joe, then Joe will become a millionaire and you'll be next? Those are the people who came up with this pension scheme. They'll also sell you swampland in Florida.

Consider this: The life expectancy in Japan is 83 years (86 for women and 79 for men). So at the current retirement age of 65, you can enjoy 18 years of retirement on average. And since Japan has one of the longest life expectancies in the world, that's a longer retirement than people in some other countries. Salarymen are not included in the longest livers in Japan since so many salarymen drink to excess that their livers actually shorten their life spans. Nonetheless, 79 years is a pretty good average for men in a country known for karoshi, where people literally work themselves to death.
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by jpflege | 2010-11-09 04:31 | 653 Politics

P 6993 Policy Speech by Prime Minister Naoto Kan

kantei

Policy Speech by Prime Minister Naoto Kan
at the 176th Extraordinary Session of the Diet

1 October 2010

4. Reforming Social Security

(The Need for Reform)

The third important policy issue is to reform the social security system. Without a reliable system of social security, people will continue to harbor a sense of anxiety about the future. Such anxiety has contributed to sluggish consumer spending and a stagnant economy. Reforms must be implemented quickly. There are two different approaches to such reform. One gives priority to providing security for all, even if it means shouldering a somewhat large burden; and the other is to reduce that burden as much as possible and leave security to the discretion of the individual. My view is that it is preferable to have a reliable social system, even if it means shouldering a slightly heavier burden.
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by jpflege | 2010-10-16 20:05 | 653 Politics

P 6935 A basic framework for reforming tax and social security systems

Japan Times 2010.10.11

via ISSA

A basic framework for reforming tax and social security systems — including a plan to raise the consumption tax — will be drafted by the end of the year, government sources said Saturday.
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by jpflege | 2010-10-14 17:11 | 653 Politics

P 6764 Japan Asks China to Pay

NYTimes

Chinese-Japanese tensions over the arrest of a Chinese trawler captain re-escalated on Monday when Japan said it would ask China to pay for repairs to two coast guard ships damaged by the trawler.
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by jpflege | 2010-09-27 22:19 | 653 Politics

P 6645 Japan Times 40,000 issue

HP

The Japan Times today celebrates its 40,000th issue since its foundation in 1897. We have invited opinion leaders and experts to talk about how Japan has evolved since we reached our 30,000th issue in 1982 — and discuss the way forward.

Yasuhiro Nakasone served as prime minister of Japan from 1982 to 1987. He is currently chairman of the Institute for International Policy Studies.

To put these diplomatic strategies into action, we need a strong political leadership. We need to quickly end the stalemate in domestic politics so that a solid administration with a long-term national strategy and public support can emerge.
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by jpflege | 2010-09-16 16:09 | 653 Politics

P 6591 日本:民主党代表選

REUTERS 2010.09.10

(Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has a slight edge over powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa ahead of a party leadership vote next week, NHK public TV said on Friday, but with many party lawmakers undecided the outcome is too close to call.
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by jpflege | 2010-09-10 16:19 | 653 Politics

P 6556 戦前の中国労働者、三菱を訴えることに

Aljazeera

About 100 elderly Chinese workers who say they were forced to work in Japanese mines during World War II plan to sue Mitsubishi Materials Corp next week, their lawyer has said.
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by jpflege | 2010-09-07 17:09 | 653 Politics

P 6359 オランダ人を救った長崎の原爆

RNW,NL 2010.08.15

It took almost a week before Japan finally surrendered on 15 August 1945. The prisoners of war were collected by the Americans and transferred to The Philippines to recover from sickness and injuries.
"It was only then that I saw what was left of the city of Nagasaki. Nothing. Flat. Only the concrete buildings were still standing. Unbelievable what people can do to each other".

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by jpflege | 2010-08-22 14:32 | 653 Politics

P 6258 Controversy over Japan shrine visit

Aljazeera

Members of Europe's far-right, including French national leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, have visited a controversial war shrine in Tokyo ahead of the 65th anniversary of Japan's World War II surrender.

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by jpflege | 2010-08-15 10:56 | 653 Politics

P 6188 return seized relics

Aljazeera

Japan has again apologised for its colonial rule of the Korean peninsula and has promised to return seized relics.
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by jpflege | 2010-08-11 15:13 | 653 Politics