[Revised Abridged Edition]
In October 2002, RENGO adopted this RENGO “Vision for Social Security in the 21st Century.” The full “Vision” is quite long, taking up more than 110 pages including the data. In order to have as many members of RENGO affiliates as possible gain a deeper understanding of the contents of the “Vision” and to work together with us toward bringing the “Vision” to fruition, we produced a digest edition in January 2003, along with easy-to-understand explanations. This English version presents excerpts from the Japanese pamphlet.
In 2004, after the publication of the Vision, major changes were made to the pension system, followed by the establishment of the “Committee on Social Security Review” and a gathering of knowledgeable people on reform of the Social Insurance Agency by the government, to seek advice for reforms of the overall social security system, including pension plans. Pursuant to a Diet resolution adopted in April 2005, a joint Upper and Lower House commission was established to consider reforms of the pension and other social security systems. The regular Diet session in 2006 is expected to consider bills related to medical reforms.
In addition, the population of part-time and temporary workers is on the rise, and the current social security system is not geared to cope with these new forms of employment. A growing number of workers are not enrolled in social insurance programs. Further, the employment rate for women is on the rise, and there is a great need for programs to support child rearing and nurturing future generations, by ensuring that both men and women can balance their working and family life.
Key Points of RENGO’s “Vision for Social Security in the 21st Century”
The key points of the “Vision for Social Security in the 21st Century,” proposed by RENGO as a “Comprehensive Strategy for a Welfare Society based on Security, Equality and Solidarity,” are as follows.
A Picture of 2025 according to RENGO’s Vision for Social Security in the 21st Century