Thursday, May 12, 2011

February - Record High Number of Welfare Recipients

The number of welfare recipients in Japan totaled 1,989,769 as of February, and would likely have topped the 2 million mark if data from Fukushima Prefecture, unavailable due to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that caused the nuclear crisis there, had been included, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Thursday.
The likely national total for February is close to the record high monthly average of about 2.04 million recorded in fiscal 1952, which ended in March 1953, when the country was still in a state of postwar confusion.
In Fukushima Prefecture, about 16,000 people were living on welfare as of January.
The figure may continue rising for some time as many people who lost their homes and jobs in the quake-tsunami disaster that hit northeastern Japan were expected to have sought welfare benefits in and after March, officials said.

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