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INTERVIEW: Koizumi Vows to Capitalize on Pension Controversy for Reform

INTERVIEW: Koizumi Vows to Capitalize on Pension Controversy for Reform

   Tokyo, June 17 (Jiji Press)--Increased public concern stoked by a controversial government report provides a chance to raise awareness of ongoing pension system reform in Japan, ruling party lawmaker Shinjiro Koizumi said in a recent interview with Jiji Press.
   The report from the Financial Services Agency suggested that an elderly couple living on pension would need 20 million yen over 30 years as their pension would not cover their living expenses. This has raised public concern and has even provoked a demonstration.
   "The issue is a good chance to show what we've been doing," said Koizumi, director of the Liberal Democratic Party's Health, Labor and Welfare Division.
   "Looking to the future where people live 100 years or more, I established a committee of young LDP lawmakers three years ago, and have since moved forward with social security reforms," said Koizumi, the popular son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
   "We can never eliminate concern, but at least we can reduce it" through social security reform, he said.

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