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Number of welfare recipients in Japan hits record high for 4th month

The number of welfare recipients in Japan stood at 2,167,927 as of January, up 707 from the previous month, hitting a record high for the fourth consecutive month, the welfare ministry said Wednesday. The number of households receiving welfare also reached a record high of 1,599,186, up 1,114, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. The number of elderly households on welfare increased 1,536 to 723,685, accounting for 45 percent of the total, the ministry said. ==Kyodo

Number of welfare recipients in Japan hits record high for 3rd month

The number of welfare recipients in Japan stood at 2,167,220 as of December, up 2,363 from the previous month and hitting a record high for the third consecutive month, the welfare ministry said Wednesday. The number of households receiving welfare also reached a record high of 1,598,072, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. Elderly households on welfare accounted for around 45 percent of the households on welfare, the ministry said. ==Kyodo

Illicit welfare recipients hit record high in Japan

The number of households receiving welfare illicitly in Japan rose to a record 41,909 in fiscal 2012, up 6,341 from the previous year, the welfare ministry said Monday. The amount of welfare paid to such households in the year to March 2013 totaled a record 19.05 billion yen, up 1.74 billion yen, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said.

From welfare to cabinet, Joanne Bernard's journey into politics took many turns

HALIFAX - Joanne Bernard says Nova Scotia's welfare system doesn't have to be a poverty trap. And she should know. In the late 1990s, Bernard was a single mother living on income assistance following a traumatic marriage breakup. Today, as the province's community services minister, she's in charge of the entire social assistance system. Bernard says her transformation from food bank client to minister of the Crown should serve as an example to those who think welfare is a dead end.

From welfare to cabinet, Joanne Bernard's journey into politics took many turns

HALIFAX - Joanne Bernard says Nova Scotia's welfare system doesn't have to be a poverty trap. And she should know. In the late 1990s, Bernard was a single mother living on income assistance following a traumatic marriage breakup. Today, as the province's community services minister, she's in charge of the entire social assistance system. Bernard says her transformation from food bank client to minister of the Crown should serve as an example to those who think welfare is a dead end.

Park calls for plugging leaks in welfare budget

SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye ordered welfare officials Tuesday to make sure that state subsidies and other welfare benefits won't fall into the wrong hands, saying plugging such leaks in the welfare budget is a priority if the government is to better service the people. Park issued the order during a joint policy briefing by the ministry of health and welfare, the labor ministry and the gender equality ministry, pointing out that about 550 billion won (US$513 million) is wasted a year due to the budget leaks.

Park calls for plugging leaks in welfare budget

SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye ordered welfare officials Tuesday to make sure that state subsidies and other welfare benefits won't fall into the wrong hands, saying plugging such leaks in the welfare budget is a priority if the government is to better service the people. Park issued the order during a joint policy briefing by the ministry of health and welfare, the labor ministry and the gender equality ministry, pointing out that about 550 billion won (US$513 million) is wasted a year due to the budget leaks.

Park calls for plugging leaks in welfare budget

SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye ordered welfare officials Tuesday to make sure that state subsidies and other welfare benefits won't fall into the wrong hands, saying plugging such leaks in the welfare budget is a priority if the government is to better service the people. Park issued the order during a joint policy briefing by the ministry of health and welfare, the labor ministry and the gender equality ministry, pointing out that about 550 billion won (US$513 million) is wasted a year due to the budget leaks.

Park warns against labor attempts to scuttle public sector reform

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye said Monday she won't let debt-ridden public institutions continue to be run in extravagant ways, warning she won't tolerate any labor attempts to scuttle her drive to reform the public sector. "It is extremely worrisome that labor unions at public institutions are showing signs of banding together in order to resist normalization reforms, and the people won't tolerate this either," Park said during a weekly meeting with senior secretaries.

Park warns against labor attempts to scuttle public sector reform

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye said Monday she won't let debt-ridden public institutions continue to be run in extravagant ways, warning she won't tolerate any labor attempts to scuttle her drive to reform the public sector. "It is extremely worrisome that labor unions at public institutions are showing signs of banding together in order to resist normalization reforms, and the people won't tolerate this either," Park said during a weekly meeting with senior secretaries.
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