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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.
by jpflege | 2010-11-09 04:31 | 653 Politics
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