Welfare recipients top 2.05-M in July, surpass 1951 record

November 9, 2011 10:38 pm 

TOKYO, Nov. 9 — A record number of over 2.05 million people were living on welfare in Japan as of July amid prolonged economic stagnation, surpassing the highest-ever monthly average logged 60 years ago in the aftermath of World War II, the welfare ministry said Wednesday.

The number of welfare recipients in July totaled 2,050,495, up 8,903 from the previous month, and is expected to continue to rise given the nation's aging population and the impact of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis. The previous record was 2,046,646 in fiscal 1951.

After bottoming out in fiscal 1995 at a monthly average of about 880,000 in the wake of the bubble economy, Japan's welfare population has been increasing markedly since the global financial crisis triggered in autumn 2008 and its negative impact on the employment situation. It topped 2 million in March this year. (PNA/Kyodo)

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