June 30(Thursday)

The comprehensive reform of social security and taxation systems

 

The proposal for the comprehensive reform of social security and taxation systems has finally been approved by the Headquarters of the Government and Ruling Parties for Social Security Reform after much heated discussion.

 

The social security system was first set up in 1946 following its establishment by Article 25 of the Japanese Constitution. Since then, the system has developed into one of the fundamental pillars supporting the people and the Government of Japan. I was born in that same year, and therefore belong to the generation that most benefited from social security.

 

However, in the past 20 years the environment surrounding social security has changed drastically, mainly due to such issues as declining birthrates, the aging of the population, and increases in informal employment. Anyone can tell that we need a fundamental reform of social security including public finance in order to maintain a system the people can truly feel comfortable with. However, partly due to the unpopularity of financial resources issues during elections, such a major reform has been consistently postponed.

 

In consideration of this, the fact that the agreement this time among the Government and ruling parties encompasses financial resources issues is of great historical significance. I will present this proposal to the opposition parties, and hope to have in-depth national debate on it in order to realize social security reform by the hands of the people.

 



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