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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

How do you feel about paying into Japan's national health and pension programs?


By ARTHUR O'KEEFE

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Surender Kumar, 46
Chef (Indian) —not enrolled in social insurance programs
Of course I would like to join the Japanese national pension system, for my future. Everybody wants that.

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Joseph Abasio, 28
Teacher (British) — not enrolled
The whole pension system is a mess. I doubt that foreigners are a priority and I don't think they'll get anything come retirement.

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Alicia Marie Docks, 27
Temp — not enrolled
I'm not confident about the pension system, but if I enroll and then move back to the U.S., the benefits would transfer into the U.S. system, which I have more confidence in.

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Thomas Blaseiwicz, 53
Acupuncturist (German) — enrolled
I've heard that those in charge of our pension cash have gambled a lot of money on the markets, so I don't feel assured of receiving future benefits.

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Veronika, 24
Student (Hungarian)
I've grown up here, and I'm willing to pay into the system once I start working. But I also have doubts about whether I'll be able to receive benefits in the future.

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Gary Wilson, 46
School owner (U.K.) — enrolled
By the time I retire, I don't expect to be able to receive any pension benefits. I'm making my own arrangements for my pension.



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