Media Mix, Oct. 23, 2011

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is mainly about Shukan Shincho’s reaction to health minister Yoko Komiyama’s comment that she thought it “strange” that full-time housewives received a special dispensation from paying pension premiums if their husbands are contributing to the kosei nenkin program. Some readers will understandably be confused by the column if they have no background into Japan’s knotty pension problem, so below I’ve provided some links to things I’ve written in the past about the topic.

On the pension waiver for housewives

On the planned overhaul of the pension system

On the 2004 DPJ plan for overhaul

On the social roots of the pension system breakdown

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