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Ageing and the social security system

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Demographic ageing has been one of the main driving forces behind social security and social welfare reforms in Japan since the 1990s. This chapter examines how demographic changes in the 1990s have helped shape social policy reforms. It discusses demographic ageing and low fertility in Japan in the 1990s, and their implications for social security. It then illustrates some of the key social policy reforms conclude by reflecting on the Japanese experience in a global context.

Keywords: demographic ageing; fertility decline; Japanese government; social security system



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