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- The fundamental framework of measures for the aging society in Japan is based on the Basic Law on Measures for the Aging Society (Law No.129, 1995).
- At the Aging Society Policy Council, crucial issues related to measures for aging society, etc. have been discussed. The Prime Minister is in charge of the chairman position, and cabinet members are appointed to the committee.
- The government has an obligation to draw up the General Principles Concerning Measures for the Aging Society under the Basic Law on Measures for the Aging Society, which is the basic and comprehensive guideline of the national policies for aging society.
- Since five years have passed since the first General Principles Concerning Measures for the Aging Society was formulated in July 1996, the economic and social situation has changed. Consequently, the New General Principles Concerning Measures for the Aging Society was determined on December 28, 2001 by the Cabinet, based on the draft made by the Aging Society Policy Council.
- In order to comprehensively promote the measures based on the New General Principles Concerning Measures for the Aging Society, policy researches such as completing guidelines or establishing policy systems regarding "transverse challenges" in the General Principles have been further developed.
- Measures for aging society have been steadily developed over a wide range of areas such as working and income, health and welfare, learning and social participation, living environment, and the promotion of survey and research, etc. In FY2004, a relevant budget in the government general account amounts to 12.3901 trillion yen, including 5.9943 trillion yen for working and income, 6.3098 trillion yen for health and welfare, 27.7 billion yen for learning and social participation, 13 billion yen for living environment, 45.3 billion yen for promotion of survey and research, etc. (Table 2-1-1)
Table 2-1-1. Budget Related to Measures for Aging Society (General Account)
|Working & income||Health & welfare||Study & social participation||Living environment||Promotion of
survey and research
|Note:|| 1. The budget related to measures for aging society includes the "special account," etc., other than the general account shown in this table.|
2. The budget amount in this table is the total amount only shown as a budget related to aging society policies.
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