This booklet aims to provide foreign researchers with an introductory explanation of aspects of the social security system in Japan: pensions, health insurance, public assistance, long-term care and employment insurance. The booklet was first published in March 2000, and this is the third version updated for 2002-2003. The booklet is mostly descriptive and kept at a minimum level in outlining the current system and the challenges facing it. Researchers are advised to refer to further readings at the end of this booklet. As Japan's social security system is undergoing a series of reforms, we will update this publication from time to time.
Dr. Makoto Atoh
National Institute of Population and Social Security Research
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