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Gov’t to set up fund to fight child poverty

The government nailed down details on Tuesday of a new fund established to support children from low-income households. The fund will provide up to 500 million yen each to organizations that implement projects to help children in poverty. The government will publicly seek applications from organizations starting on June 27 and start providing subsidies in the fall.   The subsidies….Read more

  • June 8, 2016
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Despite delay in tax hike, GOJ plans to maintain goal of turning balance into black in 2020

In spite of the postponement of the consumption tax hike announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday, the ruling coalition still plans to maintain its goal of turning the primary balance into the black by 2020. Komeito will call for making childcare and elderly care support a priority in implementing social security improvement measures with a limited fund.  ….Read more

  • May 31, 2016
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Only Okinawa conducts law-mandated studies on child poverty: survey

About 90% of 47 prefectures and 20 government-designated cities did not conduct law-mandated studies on the relative poverty rates of children in their communities or have no plan to do so, a Tokyo Shimbun survey shows.   The daily sent questionnaires to municipalities from late April to early May, and 97% of them responded.   The child poverty act was….Read more

  • May 17, 2016
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Health minister presents proposal to cut social welfare spending by 80%

(Yomiuri: May 27, 2015 – p. 4)    At a meeting of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy on May 26, Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki presented a proposal to slash social welfare spending mainly by increasing the use of generic drugs to more than 80% by the end of fiscal 2020. His ministry is expected to….Read more

  • 2015-05-27 15:00:00
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Gov’t allocates record budget for social welfare

(Nikkei: January 15, 2015 – p. 2)    The government decided on Jan. 14 to allocate a record 31.5 trillion yen to social welfare for fiscal 2015. Out of that amount, 520 billion yen will be earmarked for child-care projects. The segment will receive 210 billion yen more money than in fiscal 2014.    Meanwhile, the budgets for pension, healthcare,….Read more

  • 2015-01-15 15:00:00
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