TOKYO: The disappearance of some of Japan’s oldest citizens  is raising concern some families are cheating the pension system even as others  risk being deprived of payments for the same reason – poor record-keeping.

In 2007, the government came under fire after the Welfare Ministry lost  millions of files related to the government-led pension system, stirring concern  that citizens in the world’s fastest-ageing nation might not receive payments  they were due.

The incidents highlight Japan’s problems with tracking people eligible for  social welfare benefits. The latest record-keeping mishaps turn the problem on  its head, allowing the deceased to continue receiving monthly payments.

Read more: Sydney Morning Herald, August 6, 2010


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