Gov't to revise welfare payment system for job seekers
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare this week announced plans to reform the unemployment benefits system for job seekers.
Under the current system, if welfare recipients work and earn income, the benefits they receive are reduced by the amount they earn. Critics have long held that this disincentivizes leaving the welfare system, because recipients earn exactly the same amount whether they work or not.
Welfare minister Norihisa Tamura said that under the revised system, benefits will still be accrued while earning but withheld from the job seeker until he or she leaves welfare system, at which point they are given as a lump sum, Sankei Shimbun reported Thursday.