TOKYO (TR) – The number of Japanese receiving welfare benefits in July rose to a record 2.05 million, the highest since the government started recording the data 60-years ago, Agence France-Presse reported, citing the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry.
The previous highest monthly average was 2,046,646 set back in 1951, AFP said.
The news agency reported a ministry official as saying those numbers reflect the nation’s current economic situation and the greying of Japan’s society, which is aging faster than all other countries in the world due to its decreasing birth rates and longer lifespans.
The number of welfare recipients steadily fell following Japan’s post-World War II economic growth. The record low was set in 1995 when 882,229 people received benefits, the ministry said, according to AFP. The number of people on welfare in Japan has increased since the 2008 global financial crisis, the news agency said.