The number of people claiming benefits, grants and financial aid in Japan has reached 2.1 million for the first time, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Wednesday.
The ministry released figures on its website showing that in March of this year, 1,528,381 households were receiving welfare. The number increased by 10,695 people over the previous month. The figures also show that the number of claimants broke the 2 million mark in July 2011 and climbed every month for the next nine months.
The ministry has announced plans to review the benefits system in an attempt to ensure that the money goes to those who genuinely need it to survive and not to those who may be cheating the system, Sankei Shimbun reported.© Japan Today