Headquarters of the Government and Ruling Parties for Social Security Reform
Friday, January 6, 2012
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda held a meeting of the Headquarters of the Government and Ruling Parties for Social Security Reform at the Prime Minister's Office.
At the meeting, the Draft Plan of the Comprehensive Reform of Social Security and Taxation Systems was decided.
Based on the discussion, the Prime Minister said, "Today, the Government and ruling parties compiled the pending item, the Draft Plan of the Comprehensive Reform of Social Security and Taxation Systems.
This is a draft plan. And it would be meaningless if we stop at that. There are many people who hold the view that the reform should take place in tandem with administrative reform, including the reforms of independent administrative agencies and reforms of the special account system, including also the issue of reducing the number of Diet members and reducing the salaries of national civil servants. Considering these public opinions, which should be respected, I believe we must undertake the actions we call on others to take and tighten our own belts.
While the real challenge has just begun, let us work together to realize the reform, confirming with each other that this is not just the comprehensive reform of social security and taxation systems, but a major reform that includes also political reform, administrative reform, and economic revival."