Japan sees more than 2 mm people on welfare

Oct 13, 2011 12:00 AM

The number of welfare benefit recipients in Japan totalled 2,041,592 as of June, up 10,005 from the previous month and nearing the record high monthly average of 2,046,646 marked in 1951 when the country was still in turmoil following the end of World War II, the welfare ministry said.
The collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings in September 2008 and subsequent global financial crisis has triggered a rising trend in the number of recipients, with the total topping 2 mm in March this year.

The figure is expected to continue to increase due to domestic factors such as the economic slump, aging population and effects of the March earthquake and tsunami disasters.
The number of welfare recipient households in June hit a new high of 1,479,611, increasing by 8,354 from May, according to the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry. The number has been rewriting the record high since May 2008.

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