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National Commission on Social Security

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Photograph of the meeting of the National Commission on Social Security

Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda held the 8th meeting of the National Commission on Social Security at the Prime Minister's Office.

At the meeting, the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare and the Minister of State for Social Affairs and Gender Equality each gave explanations on the Government's Five-Point Reassurance Plan, including the status of reflection of the Plan in the Guidelines for FY2009 Budget Requests. The members of the Commission then exchanged opinions.

Prime Minister Fukuda said, "The Five-Point Reassurance Plan discussed today was compiled in response to the Commission's mid-term report in June as an emergency measure to be implemented urgently. A variety of opinions were expressed at today's meeting. The Plan was also incorporated into the Comprehensive Measure for Pursuing Life Security compiled by the Government and the ruling parties. I am convinced that the new administration will steadily carry out the Plan and I hope that the Commission's final report, which is to be drawn up, will contribute to the discussions under the new administration. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to you all for the cooperation you have extended to date."