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Date : May 18, 2021

Video report: Social Security Reform for a Super-Aged Society—Preventing Senior Poverty (Dr. Takashi Oshio, Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)

post date : 2021.05.17

While the population of Japan decreased by 290,000 compared to the previous year, the number of people 65 and over increased by 300,000 to 36.17 million, accounting for 28.7% of the total population. These are the highest numbers ever for both. There are 18.71 million “late-stage seniors” aged 75 or over (14.9% of the total population), but as the “dankai no sedai” (baby boomers) will start becoming late-stage seniors in 2022, carrying out reforms to build a social security system for all generations in a super-aged society by revising benefits and burdens has become an urgent issue.


How far have reforms progressed, and how will Japan deal with new issues such as preparing for senior poverty in an aging population? The FPCJ invited Dr. Takashi Oshio, a professor at the Hitotsubashi University Institute of Economic Research who specializes in public finance and has carried out international comparisons on topics such as the effects of social security systems on senior employment, to discuss this topic.        

The briefing had a total of 22 participants including journalists from Belgium, China, Denmark, France, 
Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, Switzerland
 and the US.

Handouts (English ver.)   Handouts (Japanese ver.)

■Date: May 18 (Tue), 2021, 14:00-15:30 

■Briefer: Dr. Takashi Oshio, Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University

■Language: Japanese, with consecutive English translation  


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