Permanent Disability Social Insurance Programs in Japan

Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 70, No. 1, pp. 61-84, 2010

24 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2010

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David Rajnes

Government of the United States of America - Social Security Administration

Date Written: February 2, 2010

Abstract

This article examines Japan’s permanent disability social insurance programs. Because there is limited information available about these programs in the literature outside Japan, this analysis helps to further international disability research. Primary public pension systems and their corresponding programs for permanently disabled workers and their families are described, including trends in the number of beneficiaries and benefit expenditures. Importantly, the article analyzes the determination and appeals processes in Japan for claiming permanent social insurance disability pensions.

The study also references the Social Security Disability Insurance program operating in the United States and offers comparisons with the system in Japan, which provides insights about operational procedures to researchers and policymakers in both countries. Permanent disability programs in Japan and the United States share similar characteristics, including aspects of their benefit determination and appeals procedures. However, these country program experiences diverge markedly in several areas, making the comparison worthwhile from a policy perspective.

Keywords: DI, SSI, disability programs, international, disabled workers

JEL Classification: H55, P52, P59

Suggested Citation

Rajnes, David, Permanent Disability Social Insurance Programs in Japan (February 2, 2010). Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 70, No. 1, pp. 61-84, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1532276

David Rajnes (Contact Author)

Government of the United States of America - Social Security Administration ( email )

Washington, DC 20254
United States

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