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An Evaluation of the 2004 Public Pension Reform: Views from Pension Obligation (in Japanese)

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  • Akihiro Kawase
  • Shin Kimura

In this paper, we estimate public pension obligations in Japan using three indices named the open-group, the closed-group, and the plan-termination unfunded obligations and we evaluate Japan's 2004 public pension reform. The reform cleared away obligations of the open-group measure through the introduction of a fixed contribution program and an automatic adjustment of benefit levels. By the closed-group measure continuing the system with the past and current generation, the reform reduces obligations to ¥376 trillion. Measuring with the plan-termination, to which the abolition of the present system is required, the reform reduces obligations to ¥419 trillion.

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Article provided by Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in its journal Economic Analysis.

Volume (Year): 181 (2009)
Issue (Month): (January)
Pages: 80-98

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Handle: RePEc:esj:esriea:181d
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