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Unifying Pension Schemes in Japan: Toward a Single Scheme for Both Civil Servants and Private Employees

Junichi Sakamoto

in The Future of Public Employee Retirement Systems

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780199573349
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191721946 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573349.003.0011
Unifying Pension Schemes in Japan: Toward a Single Scheme for Both Civil Servants and Private Employees

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A topic of long-standing discussion in Japan has been how to equitably merge the retirement plans for civil servants and private employees, which in the past have been managed separately. Recent legislation sought to unify social security pension schemes for all employees by extending the coverage of the Japanese Employees’ Pension Insurance Scheme, which covers private employees, to include civil servants as well. The author describes how Japanese social security pension schemes have evolved, the forces driving the merger of these plans, and what future prospects may be.

Keywords: public sector pension benefits; Employees’ Pension Insurance Scheme; Government Employee Pension Scheme; Mutual Aid Association; National Pension Scheme; pension reform; system unification; social security; superannuation

Chapter.  9673 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Management and Administration

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