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Public anxiety over pensions returns to haunt the ruling LDP

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When it came to light in the summer of 2007 that pension records of as many as 50 million people had become untraceable due to clerical errors, anxious citizens formed long lines outside Social Insurance Agency (present-day Japan Pension Service) offices around the nation.

The Asahi Shimbun's Letters to the Editor section was inundated with letters from angry and dismayed pensioners calling the agency out on this major debacle and demanding their money back.

That was three years after pension issues kicked up a political storm in 2004, when then-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's past problem with payments into his own Kosei Nenkin pension program for corporate employees surfaced.

Grilled ruthlessly in the Diet by opposition parties,........

© The Asahi Shimbun